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 :)