Pune: The traffic branch of the Pune city police on Tuesday did an interesting experiment to discourage people from rash driving.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Tejaswi Satpute pitched two bikers on similar vehicles to travel a distance of 10 km from Katraj to Shivajinagar, but with different instructions.
She directed one to religiously follow traffic rules and the other to reach the destination “at the earliest” in whichever way he wanted.
Satpute tweeted the result of the experiment and the time difference between the two riders.
She tweeted, “Dear all, Did a small experiment 2day. Sent 2 bikers on 2 same company bikes frm katraj to s.nagar(10km), one was told to do whatever and reach at the earliest n other was asked to religiously follow traffic rules. Travel time diff ws 4mins. IS IT WORTH RISKING LIFE FOR 4 MINS???”
It is interesting to note that the difference between the two bikers was only four minutes. The tweet asks people whether rash driving is worth it.
Satpute’s tweet went viral in no time, with many appreciating the experiment. Till Wednesday 6 pm, her tweet was liked by over 10,000 while it got re-tweeted over 5,500 times.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Satpute said, “I appeal to all for safe driving. It really doesn’t make much difference. Few seconds or few minutes are not worth risking life. Follow the rules. Be responsible, be safe.“
The experiment received a positive response online with many stating the need to discourage rash drivers on the road.
Girish Patnaik tweeted, “Don’t think people ride that way because they want to reach their destination early. I believe it’s probably an ego issue or the adrenaline rush. Or maybe in our genes - our last 4 to 5 generations are into non-cooperation against the Govt.”
Chintamani Kale tweeted, “Nice initiative.... Parents taking their child to school do not follow traffic signal...how next generation will follow rules ?? Parents giving wrong lessons to them..Everyone should start following traffic rules no matter how many people behind you honk and abuse.”
The police were quick to reply: “Noted. Parents should follow traffic rules and become role model for their children.”
- 2 bikes of same make
- 1 route
- 10 kms to cover
- 1 does whatever it takes to reach
- 1 follows every traffic rule
- Time difference: Just 4 minutes