I AM , NATARAJ M B because I CARE

I am a US Qualified Registered Microbiologist-Medical Technologist, operating my own Clinical Lab. I have been an activist advocating consumer, civic, citizen's rights for Thirty plus years & a Frequent contributor to the letters to Editor.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

What can we do to improve Bangalore's Traffic Mess-LEDS28feb2007

With reference to Sharad Deshmukh's "Road Safety will Improve only with better Roads".
I would like to point out that improving roads, involves too many factors that are beyond our control.
Careful, safe driving is the only factor we all can do something about.
It can be practiced any where any time.
Best if it is obeyed all the time.
It can be easily taught and should be demanded from others.
This can happen when we, road users whether as pedestrians, drivers, passengers or bystanders assert such driving from those around us.
It can happen only when we are willing to become ears and eyes of law by reporting violations as and when they happen. That will only happen when we care enough about the deplorable way traffic is deteriorating around us.
The police are willing more than willing to act if we are.
DCP(Traffic) East pleads for complaints to act,(page 3 -100 autos booked for refusal to ply -22Feb2007)
The question is do we care?
Most of the violations take place on the almost absolute certainty that there are not enough police to check and no body complains.
It is upto us to change that equation.
Grumbling to each other is not action. Complaining to the authorities is.
Results flow from action.
We disguise our inherent indifference as " no time or very busy".
Random unexpected notices and fines are bound to dramatically boost the learning curve improve compliance.
That inturn improves road safety.
We donot need to wait for that some day for road conditions to improve.
We can make it here and now.
Let us remember Vivekananda "AWAKE, ARISE AND STOP NOT TILL THE GOAL IS REACHED".

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