Awareness campaign

Although I appreciate the awareness campaign that the traffic police has started, the way they executed it has been a major turn off. For starters, their banners are highly unprofessional. The taglines are not convincing at all. For example, one of the banners say something like this, “Is it bombed? No it’s traffic.” Wtf? There is no way I am going to get my car fixed after reading that had I been facing smoke porblems with my car. Incorrect use of punctuations gives an impression that a 4th grader has designed these banners. Now I know where all that money collected from traffic tickets (yes, I have payed almost Rs. 1000 so far) is being wasted.

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15 Comments so far

  1. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    I like that tag though “is it bombed” ;-) isn’t funny ??

    On the side note, I have recently observed the trend in Karachites that they(especially gals) have started using word f* alot. Is it limited to Karachi based blogs or Karachi has just changed over the years.

    P.S. I know Umar is not a gal.

  2. mansoor (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 10:38 am

    ah yes! i wanted to do a piece on this for quite sometime.. but couldnt get a decent pic of the banners..

    The Implementation is very ineffective! Just last thursday, i had this smoke bellowing rickshaw going in front of me.. literally making my visibility zero in a smokescreen, and it careened calmly in front of police officers on Shahrah-e-Faisal (nonetheless!!!) without attracting any attention :S

    I wonder who do the police wala’s catch??

  3. Adnan (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    umar you might have seen on MA Jinnah Rd?

    YOYO:yes our girls are more *enlightened* now,saying F* word makes you educated in modern society.

  4. Erum A. (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 1:36 pm

    I think the banners should be in Urdu more and less in English. How many rikshaw, bus or even car drivers read and/or understand English. It is a good move to fine or impound smoke emiting vehicles. My son has gotten chest infections twice becasue of this smog. Now I have to keep the car A.C. running even when i can’t afford it.

  5. yo yo (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

    This campaign should be in Urdu rather than English.

    Most of the motorists like rickshaw/bus drivers cant even read english.

    It would be better to have some humorous urdu poet make short poems on this subject.

  6. yo yo (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 8:04 pm

    ADNAN…buddy YO YO is here.. I am POO POO HEAD.

    I am just a YO YO, delicate like a old car in cuba. So please dont hurt my feelings.

    he he…LOL

  7. yo yo (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

    meant to say I am not POO POO HEAD

  8. FHS (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 10:26 pm


    U actually got traffic ticket???

    From what i remember, the police would give u a chalan and keep ur car papers or licence and u would have to pay the fine and get ur papers back. Ofcourse it wouldnt be this simple or you could just pay them “chai/pani ka kharcha” at the stop.

    So the Rs1000 that u gave, was that “Chai/Pani” or did u actually paid the fine. How does that work?

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 16th, 2006 @ 12:34 am

    I am sorry for that.Hope it didn’t hurt you.

  10. umar (unregistered) on May 16th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    yes i actually got traffic tickets, several times. The cops didn’t ask for a bribe, and i didnt offer it. They just take my license and hand me the ticket. Later I go to the bank and pay the fine, then go to the police station and get my license back. Happened to me thrice so far.

  11. Zag (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    I was once pulled over by a cop because I was talking on the phone while driving. Once I stopped, he asked for my license, then showed me a paper which had all the traffic violations in the left column along with the penalty for each violation in the right one, just like a menu card at a restaurant :)

    Then he showed me that the penalty for using a cellphone while driving is Rs 500, but since he was in such a generous mood, he will give me a ticket for a lesser offence and I will only have to pay Rs 200. I told him I don’t wanna do that and that he should give me the ticket for Rs 500. This started a bargaining session which saw the cop coming down to Rs 50 while I stuck to getting the ticket for what I have done. In the end, he let me go with just a warning.

  12. umar (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 2:40 pm

    wow zag, thats some story. Why don’t i come across such honest cops?

  13. Erum A. (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 12:35 pm

    @ zag Good work. If more people would ask for the ticket rather than fueling corruption we would be living in a better place.

  14. Inspirex (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2006 @ 6:16 am

    did anyone notice the comma instead of the apostrophe???

  15. n ² (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

    Sorry Wrong place with the wrong comment

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