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Old 13th October 2017, 08:08   #16
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Talking re: One-Way Spikes to prevent wrong-side driving?

There is more information/discussion ( Road Barriers: An effective traffic management solution for India?) (Road Barriers: An effective traffic management solution for India?)
Talking about jugaad, I think we let the offenders get off easily. May be a "counter-jugaad" is necessary - unending war on the people trying to circumvent the state.

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Old 13th October 2017, 11:42   #17
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[rant] Everyday I see drivers on the road especially auto and taxi driver who break every rule in existence and then some. On protesting (read honking) they look at you as if you have landed from another planet. Following traffic rules should be an honor bound practice. [/rant]

To make the roads less hazardous there are a few things needed:

- Strict driver training/tests before licensing.
- Effective challaning procedure for errant vehicles. This includes following the rule book to the letter.
- Effective implementation of surveillance cameras and challaning through monitoring of same.
- Effective maintenance of roads so that people can maintain lanes and speeds without worrying about craters.

Most of all people need to recognize the need to follow rules and then follow them.
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Old 13th October 2017, 16:06   #18
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In my opinion, below may be the consequences if implemented in India

1. The very second day, it will be stolen by the same person who installed it
2. Some creative mind will put a red thick carpet over it so that the spikes are closed due to the weight of carpet (If in case, it is not stolen) and the impact is nullified.
3. The road dividers at the edge of the will be modified to create a gap so that even an auto rickshaw can move in that gap

We are very good at creating workarounds and going shortcut. So, I do not even imagine that these kinds of things can bring discipline on the roads.
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Old 13th October 2017, 17:59   #19
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The biggest problem in our country is ATTITUDE. Most people think that it is their RIGHT to drive on the road, where-as the same is considered as a privilege in most EU countries. Also in contrast to EU countries where getting a license is tough, here one might not even require to visit the RTO to get their license.
This is a very good solution provided people accept the fact that they need to be disciplined drivers. I have personally seen drivers, especially of Govt. cars purposely flouting rules just to show their might. The traffic cops in most cases just look at other way as they know they cant do much.

I would love to see a day when a Govt. officials car is stopped and a common man's car is allowed to pass. I know its a distant dream but the day that happens I will truly consider that we have progressed.
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Old 14th October 2017, 23:37   #20
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What has spikes anything to do with hitting a policeman?

Instead, the policemen should be armed with rifles to take down threat or physical attack towards them, like in any other countries.
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Old 20th October 2017, 09:51   #21
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It is a great idea. Have not seen many people drive on the wrong side of the road in Bombay except to overtake in single lane roads. Shocked to see cop beaten. People do have a sense of entitlement not only to drive but to park as well.
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Great idea, not to mention people will always find jugaad to beat it to their favour.

Nonetheless, I find it very effective for use in service roads, the ones which are actually for the purpose of traffic in reverse direction to main carriageway. Drivers often use them for the same direction as main carriageway and thereby block the entire service road which is at times just a single lane wide.
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Old 20th October 2017, 10:42   #23
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Good idea, won't work in India.

The same people when they go abroad follow all the rules.
No amount of rules , devices can work unless people change their attitude.
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The problem is two pronged and each of them actually serves as a growth medium for the other. The two prongs of this problem are:

1. The public mindset
2. The mindset of law making bodies and policing

The public in general is mostly unaware of the law, because no one taught them. Wherever they are aware of it, they do not care for it because the first thing that happens is the moment they are caught, they forget who their dad is and start asking questions like "Do you know who my dad is?"

The law makers are some brainless species who look like humans and they themselves do not respect the law and the lesser we talk about police's effectiveness the better it is.

The problem can only be fixed when the the lawmakers and police is sensitized first and in parallel steps are taken to sensitize the public. Post this, proceed to a strict policing and measures to curb this menace of wrong side driving and other violations. I do not see this happening until the politicians stop playing the region, religion and caste cards as that's the only ground on which they actually win the elections and it will take another 500, if not 1000, years to change.

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