With over 1.33 billion inhabitants, India most certainly does have some of the busiest roads on earth. In fact, Mumbai, an Indian city, is ranked as the world’s worst city for riding, being at the very bottom list.
You never know what might cross your road while riding your car in Mumbai’s roads – will it be a bike rider, three-wheel rickshaws, or stray dogs dashing into the road? All you can do is pack yourself with full attention because with all this traffick jam going on, you won’t be much noticed if someone or something just blows you out.
Now, not only the actors in this crazy traffic feel kind of smashed in here, but the traffic police has it just as worse, and maybe even more. And if the traffic jam wasn’t enough, drivers drive you nuts with their constant honking while waiting for the traffic light to turn green.
Honking has been invented to warn someone or to bring back to the reality that front driver who completely lost oneself into thoughts. But in Mumbai, people use it sometimes completely unnecessarily – honking while the red light is still on as if you do so, they will turn green faster 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄.
But, thankfully, the Mumbai Police came up with a brilliant idea!
As the police say, the system is quite simple: ‘Honk more, wait more.’ At certain vital intersections, the police installed these devices, or as they call “the punishment signal”, to detect horn noise. These devices were installed to conduct a trial in November and December last year in which decibel meters were connected to traffic light poles.
If the meters registered noise levels of 85 decibels or over, the lights were reset and stayed red for longer. The police put quite a few signs noting “Honk more, wait more”, but drivers clearly didn’t pay much attention to them.
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) January 31, 2020