Date:April 8, 2020

Mumbai Police Test This Brilliant Idea Of New Traffic Lights That Stay Red Longer When Drivers Honk

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.

Pranay Ashok, a police spokesman, told CNN that the experiment took place at a “few important junctions” for 15 minutes a day.
He said a further trial — at 10 locations — will be carried out next month. The police hope the concept will then be rolled out to the “entire traffic management system.”
Commenting on a video of the initiative that Mumbai Police posted on Twitter at the end of January, Ashok said it showed “the ill effects of this noise pollution.” At the time of writing, the video had been watched 3 million times.
The video begins with the police describing Mumbai as “the honking capital of the world,” before stating that they had been “itching to do something” about the problem. In the clip, police name their creation “The Punishing Signal” and offer the following warning to motorists: “Feel free to honk if you don’t mind waiting.”
The TomTom Traffic Index, which ranks cities according to their congestion, names Mumbai as the world’s fourth-most congested city in 2019.
The index estimates that drivers in Mumbai last year lost eight days and 17 hours stuck in traffic. It calculated that someone could read Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” almost one-and-a-half times during these wasted hours.
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