Many are saying that these fines are unfair and should be scrapped, I disagree here. A fine exists because the person who was fined was simply not fine. Putting that poor joke aside, it is obvious that a fine will only be feared by those who plan to violate the rules. These rules were not made to satisfy anyone’s personal ego but to ensure safety for all. People want to violate these rules and then crib about the fines.
In some time people will get used to these fines and things will get normal again because we forget fast. The basic question remains why do people outrage so much? Let me tell you an open secret. The common man in India is largely decent till he gets on a two wheeler and then he sinks to the depths of depravity that is unimaginable.
Look around on any road in India and you will see two wheelers driving everywhere possible on the wrong side, on pavements, inside private properties to avoid a line, these riders often don’t go alone but with their kids on a school drop where in the rush to catch the school bell life and limb are uncared for. Morals and values are not even in the picture. When you show your child that you can cut corners for things like these then expecting the child to grow up into a paragon of virtues is as silly as expecting the current FM to solve the present economic mess.
The next in the level of low lives will be auto drivers who are largely a law to themselves and for whom the laws are non-existent so they will not care for the law or for anyone else. The share auto drivers are probably close to them in behavior but since they get harassed more by the traffic cops regularly for plying an illegal service they tend to be marginally better behaved.
So if you are a two wheeler rider and you are outraging over the sullying of your fellow brethren on two wheels remember you need one bad worm to spoil a basket of apples. It takes one errant two wheeler rider to inspire everyone behind to jump the line. I am personally happy with these fines but I would like to see if there is a fine for wrong side driving and if it is possibly push it to highest bracket. You may think that I am over exaggerating here but the reflex action of most drivers at the wheel is to avoid hitting someone who is directly in front of you in your lane and this reflex action leads to sudden unplanned evasive actions that can be costly for the driver. There have been countless times when I had to slam my brakes to avoid hitting a shameless two wheeler driver in front of me on the wrong side who does not have the balls to look at me. In my attempt to avoid low life I have been piled into by a motorist behind or have scratched my car on something adjacent while the lowlife slinks away.
Be fine, don’t pay fines and let others be fine too.
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