Why we should follow Rules

Well, today being the trek, I was returning home earlier than usual from office. Well on the way, just as I took a turn, a signal changed to red. So I had to stop in a hurry and just missed the stop line but I still stopped. Another guy had ideas to the contrary and without bothering about the red light, continued on.

Unfortunately for him, just a little past the signal, a few traffic cops were waiting to conduct surprise checks and hence stopped him. At first he refused to move to the side and wanted to continue on but finally relented. He spoke something with the cops and after a minute, the cops signalled for me to go to them. At first I thought it might be to check us and question us as well since I had crossed the stop line as well.

But the politeness with which he called, I thought otherwise and realised he wanted to ask me something about the stopping. So I go to him and he very politely asks me if I understood Kannada, which is the local language here (I don’t look much like a bangalorean I guess ;) ) and when I replied to the affirmative, asked me who had reached the signal first. I replied it was me and that the other guy had overtaken me. After that he asked me if I had stopped while the light was green or while it was red. Apparantely the other guy had lied to the cop stating that I’d stopped for some other reason and not a red light. At first I thought what to answer and then decided to stick with the truth(I hate lying anyway). I clearly told the cop that I had stopped cos the signal had switched to red. The other man vociferously said it was not so. I calmly and without any apprehension replied it had turned red. At this the cop believed me and permitted to leave. I expect the other guy must have been fined.

Anyway, so the point of the story is, following rules does pay off, most of the times even though I’ve been contradicted about that quite a few times. I try and always follow traffic rules. And I was proud I did that today even though I was in a hurry :)

7 Comments

  1. Pramod Biligiri (30 comments) March 25, 2006

    Even I wish more drivers would follow the rules. It’s tempting to break rules because Bangalore traffic is painful, but the benefit of jumping a signal is not much anyway. Or the police might catch you, like it happened here. Police calling witnesses to testify on the road is funny, though :))

    You type all those tags for each post or you have some software to do that?

  2. Ankur (12 comments) March 27, 2006

    u luv tags dont u

  3. AJ (258 comments) March 27, 2006

    Yeah.. The traffic situation in Bangalore has only gone from bad to worse :(
    But I irrespective of the others, I try to follow the rules..

    For the tags, it’s a plugin to allow tagging and associating them with the post and linking them to technorati,

    @Ankur: Not quite love but I like them cos they allow better organisation and are not as rigid as the categories system.. Though I’m planning to turn of displaying them in the post page and make a seperate page to show a tag cloud for searching.. :)

  4. Haas (34 comments) March 27, 2006

    Dude great work sticking to the story… Bangalore traffic is truly a pain and Im happy music in my ears tends to get me away from the stress that is bangalore roads…

    PS: Dude this is why I hide my tags :P

  5. AJ (258 comments) March 27, 2006

    That is one thing I’m not sure about as well.. The music while riding. To me it’s akin to talking on the handsfree of a cell-phone which is illegal. So listening to personal music players must be illegal as well. But I’m not sure about it so I cannot say anything concrete on it.

    Yeah dude I understood it that day when I saw the no. of tags you put in :P
    This post for some reason generated a lot of tags. I don’t think I put in any tags of my own! But yes, it does make it a little too over-populated ;)

  6. Ankur (12 comments) March 28, 2006

    ha .. btw no offence meant … i dont know why i just thought i’ll write

  7. AJ (258 comments) March 29, 2006

    None taken as well :)

    It was looking a bit cluttered ;)

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