Road rules are for our safety, let us follow them

There are any number of reasons for the chaotic traffic in the city. But our readers feel that if road users follow rules and cooperate with the police, the situation can be much better.

Cooperate with police

If only people desist from "lane jumping" and prepare to take a turn well before reaching a traffic signal, accidents can be reduced. Despite warning from the traffic police, many drivers keep their headlights on full beam at night. "Jumping" the signal is common at night. We need to cooperate with the police if roads are to become safer.

K. Gurumurthy,


Legal hurdles

We are quick to blame the police or the civic authorities for traffic jams.

The fact remains that litigation stalls any move to widen the roads.

The ultimate solution may be the metro rail and other mass transit systems.

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, to its credit, has improved its services but this is still inadequate.

Mamata S.,


Rules are for safety

Without road discipline and what used to be called "traffic sense" chaos will continue on our roads. Driving schools appear to be lax in their training and more interested in making money.

The traffic police should carry out a campaign to drive home the point that better adherence to rules will result in safety for all.

We have to stop looking at policemen as something close to enemies of all on the roads.

D.S. Manjunath,


Have road sense

Road safety is now part of the curriculum in many schools and this is a welcome step. By the time students complete high school and are ready for their first two-wheeler, they would have hopefully learnt how to treat others on the road.

Why do even educated persons take delight in breaking traffic rules?

The media keeps harping about chaotic traffic without analysing the causes.

V. Saiganesh,


Might is not right

We are quick to find fault with everyone under the sun for the chaotic traffic conditions. We are equally ready to break a traffic rule if no cops are around. Many people who drive seem to feel "might is right" and ignore the rights of others on the road.

Babita S.,


Police understaffed

One cannot imagine 21 lakh vehicles (perhaps more) on roads built for one-fourth of that number. The traffic police are also understaffed and are called sometimes to patrol the roads through which VVIPs have to pass.

K. Rahul,


Lack of foresight

Lack of foresight in planning is partly to blame.

Even stiff fines don't deter those who habitually break traffic rules.

Drunken driving and hit-and-run cases are also increasing.

Farha M.,

Fraser Town

Next week: The city keeps getting new multiplexes while older cinemas are vanishing at an equal pace.

Do multiplexes with a variety of choice in a single location help moviegoers and attract family audience? Are multiplexes good for the film industry?

Some film buffs feel they are too expensive and would rather rent a CD/DVD and watch the film.

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