left turn

One thing that I don’t understand is why left turn is not allowed when the traffic light is red. I mean, c’mon, it’s a global standard. You can turn left (or right, if you happen to be in a country where cars are left-hand drive) at any intersection ragardless of the status of the traffic light. That means, if the light is red, and there is no traffic coming, I can make the turn with my eyes closed. But in Karachi it’s different. I have been ticketed four times because I made a left turn at red light, and I still can’t get used to it. Add that to the continuous honking and sheer display of impatience by the fellow drivers, and my driving experience becomes that much worse. Sometimes I think I was better off in a bus, but then I rememeber all that chaos and thank God for the car I have, even though driving in Karachi is the next hardest thing after climbing K2.

3 Comments so far

  1. Abbas Halai (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 8:12 pm

    actually that’s not true. a lot of major cities (New York City and Montreal off the top of my head) have banned turning right on red (they drive on the other side). It’s really not that hard a thing to get used to and eventually ends up being better for traffic. I suggest you study some flow theory.

  2. Kiran (unregistered) on July 7th, 2005 @ 9:54 pm

    Hi, I wanna be a part of this metblog. I’m from arachi and it’s in my blood. my url is http://kirna.blgspt.com (it won’t le me psot with the correct spelling :S) but this form won’t accept it. Are you looking for more contributors?

  3. ga (unregistered) on July 8th, 2005 @ 1:09 am

    You still get honked at for not turning right on a red in Montreal…

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