November 5, 2006

red light special

STOP!!! Malaysian drivers, especially city drivers, have a very bad habit of running redlights. Amber means 'drive faster' and red means 'keep going till you're on the other side of the road'. I've been witness to many an accident, mostly minor cases (a bump, scratch.) Why? Because the moment the light turns green (not even) the motorists zoom across. Before the car can even clear the redlight, the other one drives right into it when it's green. That's when the fun begins. Both parties start screaming at each other. Cars abandoned, which causes traffic. Only when both parties are completely satisfied do they get back into their cars and drive away. Courtesy on the road...a phrase many of us are oblivious to.

Have a good Sunday folks. Drive right and keep walking.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

surprenant l'histoire que tu nous racontes. Le tout voiture est enervant, en france on a essaye la journee sans voiture dans des villes, mais cela n'a pas marche. bon dimanche

surprising the history that you tell us. The whole car is irritating, in France one A tests the day without car in cities, but that does not have walk. good Sunday

7:46 PM  
Anonymous w said...

HaHaHaHa...entertaining commentary to a very serious problem that we see in all large cities! Is that a count-down type of traffic light that shows the number of seconds left for the next change of signal? If it is, then there should be absolutely no excuse for scenes like the one you just posted to take place. Hmmm...but then again...there are always mad drivers out there no matter what. :-)

11:36 PM  
Blogger Meg Nakagawa said...

The number on the top - is t hat for speeding, noise, or pollution level?

4:14 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Not much different from Paris I must say ;-)

4:34 AM  
Blogger Matthieu said...

In the downtown of Cherbourg-Octeville, pedestrians can find some hour glass shaped light signals to estimate the time they should wait for the signal to turn green (so that they are allowed to cross the road).

6:11 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Yes, that's a countdown timer but you know, drivers just drive faster to avoid the counter getting to zero. Nevermind the pedestrians ;)

Olivier, a day without cars is just brilliant but I don't think it'll ever happen here in KL. I can still dream though.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed, maybe if they raise the petrol prices by a few ringgit, would there be a mogok and have a no car day? LOL

12:10 AM  
Blogger Denton said...

Running red lights has become epidemic here as well. It has become so prevalent that when I stop at a red light I check by rear view mirror closely to insure I will not be hit by the fool behind me who has speed up.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

We have "red light cameras" here so if you go thru a red light you get pinged, and a fine arrives in the mail...

7:03 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Raise petrol prices? They have! Doesn't change anything.

O know how you feel Denton. I find myself doing the same.

Sally, we have cameras here too but they don't work.

11:54 AM  

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