The killer road

That’s Sharae Faisal. With increasing traffic, the luxury of being signal free (slowly getting there), and impatient driving habits of people, the road is claiming more and more lives every day. Last evening I witnessed an accident on SF few meters before Tipu Sultan Intersection, involving at least two rickshaws. This morning on my way to work I saw another accident at the exact same spot involving a minibus and a car. Both accidents appeared deadly and I hope people involved in them were safe. But the point remains, commuting on SF is getting dangerous by every passing day and something needs to be done about it.

Update: Adnan posted a picture of this morning’s accident on his blog.

14 Comments so far

  1. Extiinct (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 11:22 am

    Speed thrills but kills. People just don’t seem to realize that.


  2. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 11:36 am

    Not only speed, but changing lanes without indicating, talking on phones while driving, impatience and lack of civic sense kills too.


  3. Karachiite (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    Signal-free corridors and all the underpasses and flyovers in the world won’t solve the traffic mess in Karachi if no one obeys any traffic laws.

    The fact is that the number of cars in Karachi is low compared to a city in a more advanced country but there’s more traffic chaos. This is because in Karachi there’s no lane discipline, no concept of right of way and vehicles don’t stop at traffic lights unless they are forced to. I bet that the vast majority of drivers don’t even know what the traffic rules are, maybe not even the cops.

    The way to improve things is to educate the police and the drivers about the rules. Maybe they should introduce a new driving licence for everyone that would have a written test and a driving test and give everyone a couple of years to get it. This is not such a drastic idea as only the whole population of Pakistan had to get new ID cards.

    The other thing they’ll have to do is paint the road markings on all the roads. It seems that rather than enforce rules of following lanes they’ve abandoned the concept by not even bothering to mark them.

    Next they need to install a lot more traffic lights and stop signs as there are thousands of intersections in the city where no one has any idea who should stop and who can drive through.

    Finally we need to have a proper traffic police that are honest. Sack all the current bunch and hire honest people from the thousands of unemployed and better educated of Karachi.

    Everything I’m saying will have to be done sooner or later as you cannot forever have anarchy.


  4. Farhan (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

    We can comment and criticize all we want , but do we ourselves follow the rules , I’m no saint where traffic rules are concerned neither are many of us here but once we try to follow the rules atleast there will be a few dozen cars being driven the right way and may inspire others to drive properly


  5. Omaer (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

    The sad part is that the same people when abraod follow all the rules ordained by lawmakers down to the last letter, but when in Karachi, these rules are quickly forgotten, might is right, death to the pedestrians…
    If you are following rules here on the road, you are more likely to get expeltives and mockeries thrown at you.
    This country needs a revolution.


  6. mansoor (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 3:17 pm

    karachite: Maybe they should introduce a new driving licence for everyone that would have a written test and a driving test and give everyone a couple of years to get it.

    Its already in progress! Now, you have to sit for a new oral and driving test whenever you go for a licence renewal. Its enforced at the Clifton Driving Licence office although i dont know about the new one.


  7. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

    yeah, few friends went for the test, got failed inspite of good knowledge of traffic signs and all, and had to pay for ‘mithai’ to get the license


  8. Farhan (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

    korangi license office is the best , i waited for 45 min and got my printed license depsite the fact that my previous license expired last year , no mithai , no wheels , all i paid was Rs.2000/- official for the 5 yr license fee , things are improving only if we want to walk in the right direction


  9. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 7:41 pm

    By picture , it does not look like “deadly” at all. Come on man, have you ever seen deadly accidents ?? If it were deadly, by the time the pciture was taken , the mini bus would had been ashes :-).


  10. SWA (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    @ Omaer: So what if somebody blares at you for doing the right thing? Are you going to stop doing it after a while?

    Yes this country needs a revolution. A revolution of people who are not scared of following the right way and are steadfast in following it even if they get pushed around a little bit.
    You should know when you are following the law and you shouldnt care if somebody else it trying to make your life hell, because in the end, you are doing the RIGHT thing.

    @ PooPoo Head: does somebody really have to die for it to be a bad accident? It looks bad enough to me! a further two inches inside and the car driver’s head might have been crushed. What a callous attitude.


  11. SWA (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

    @ Omaer: So what if somebody blares at you for doing the right thing? Are you going to stop doing it after a while?

    Yes this country needs a revolution. A revolution of people who are not scared of following the right way and are steadfast in following it even if they get pushed around a little bit.
    You should know when you are following the law and you shouldnt care if somebody else it trying to make your life hell, because in the end, you are doing the RIGHT thing.

    @ PooPoo Head: does somebody really have to die for it to be a bad accident? It looks bad enough to me! a further two inches inside and the car driver’s head might have been crushed. What a callous attitude.


  12. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on July 11th, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

    I am just wondering, how many of you guys in karachi wear seat belts (provided ur car has seat belts) when you are either the driver or the front seat passenger?


  13. danny (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 4:04 am

    I never wear seltbelts when in Karachi.


  14. Erum (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 7:51 pm

    I can write a whole article on this topic. This time when i was in khi, I had the most horrible experiences while driving. Everyone seemed to be blind, dead and impatient. I think we really need alot of PATIENCE, which our nation lacks bigtime and it does not necessarily come with education. Be it an educated person or your driver from some remote village, they all drive the same way (sadly).



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