Smooth traffic, safer roads
IN a city of 1.5 million cars and constant commuting through the day and night, motorists will grumble about traffic and the long waits at traffic lights. That is natural. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), which manages the system, has its logic on the duration of the traffic lights. It must be commended for ensuring the smooth running in a very busy city and its endeavours to improve the system. Motorists, on the other hand, must realise that they have a major role in ensuring smooth traffic flow. Their lack of road etiquette and discipline leads to long jams that drivers fret over and then blame the authorities instead of themselves.
When the lights turn amber, motorists accelerate as they race to escape the red light. This leads to a dangerous situation resulting in accidents. Motorists also jump red lights in this scramble. Lives have been lost because of this dangerous practice and yet little heed is paid. The need to check social media, messages and emails is a favourite pastime at traffic lights that delays other drivers. These are the habits we see every day. The lack of discipline and consideration for others leads to traffic jams that in turn make drivers reckless as they speed to catch up on lost time. The RTA is making every effort to ensure traffic runs smoothly and police try to maintain discipline to protect lives. But no amount of policing and fines will prevent accidents and jams unless motorists play their roles to ensure safe roads and smooth traffic. The responsibility also lies with them. — Gulf News