By Ali Jabber
ISLAMABAD, May 14 (APP):After its inception, the federal capital with every day down the road, started receiving inhabitants from different parts of country till the recent years when it faced the biggest transition of its fate. The capital that was once a jungle turned into a strategically planned and designed dwelling of its inhabitants that brought a mammoth crowd of automobiles with ever increasing population and traffic.
In the beginning, there were very limited number of vehicles on the wide long roads and avenues of the capital but with every passing decade its expansion made a huge impact on the environment and traffic of the twin cities. The number of automobiles increased to multiple times and today the number is beyond imagination, surprisingly not reckoned by any authority.
Uncontrolled traffic is a problem but untrained drivers pose serious threat to the security of the citizens. It is never too late to think and rectify mistakes committed collectively in general and individually in particular. An Islamabad Traffic Police Official told APP that it was quite disappointing to know that a chunk of drivers on the capital’s avenues were unable to discriminate between line and lane including working, business and student class.
He said that most of the traffic incidents had been witnessed on the roads during lane-switching by fast moving cars, bike riders and mostly they were unable to adjust their lanes accordingly. “Why is it necessary to know about line and lane…. We just have to drive a car or ride a motorbike,” he amusingly quoted a driver making argument after being fined for over speeding and careless driving. He said the traffic police conducted teaching lectures in all schools, colleges and universities although it helped a lot to educate the youth regarding traffic rules and important traffic signs yet it appeared all in vain. He said, “it is beyond imagination to observe a recklessly driven car hitting a motorbike or a person crossing the road which happens every now and then.”
He believed that traffic police alone could not be held responsible to control deteriorating traffic situation in the capital, “they are contributing on their part, rather the society should also play its role as they constitute the road traffic and their efforts could bring positive results, he added.
Najma Shan, a school teacher said the traffic in the capital was so rash that it created many problems for women drivers. “People have forgotten patience and respect for others and do not follow right of way, even nobody bothers to give way to an ambulance carrying a serious patient to hospital”. She said and added that it was high time for everybody to train ourselves and there was no harm to learn about traffic rules and best driving techniques so that smooth traffic and safe journey must be ensured.
The next most troublesome thing is completely choked roads and junctions in the peak hours of the twin cities. Astonishingly the situation is deteriorating as both the cities are proliferating with business centers and educational institutes. It seems that city administration and the institutes have nothing to do with the traffic mess putting the smooth traffic flow in jeopardy.
Mohammad Naqash a university student who travels by his car to reach university said, “the drivers particularly youngsters like me should drive responsibly to reach their destinations, adding many young boys riding motorbikes haphazardly over take fast moving cars and switch lanes that can be fatal
Arsala Karim, a motorbike rider said female students and entrepreneurs need to drive to move around in the city. She lamented the poor behavior of irritating car drivers and bike riders who did not not follow their lanes properly and randomly shift into other lanes that caused road accidents. She also said that women drivers should be encouraged by the society. She believed that an experienced mentor and a responsible driver could teach unprofessional drivers about safe and smooth driving without getting into any accident. “Traffic laws in our country need implementation while the government, traffic police and city administration should stand united and take firm steps to ensure people abide by the traffic laws, she added.