Are you a serial honker? Get ready for a longer waiting time at traffic signals
If you've ever lived in Mumbai, visited the city or even saw a movie about it, you know that traffic in the city is quite punishing. People spend hours waiting in the traffic, trying to navigate their way through endless bottlenecks and red light. People on the roads of Mumbai take honking as their hobby, honking their way till the green light, as if the horns would magically lighten the heavy traffic.
To curb this ailment, Mumbai Police has taken an extremely clever route. Mumbai Police has installed decibel measures at major traffic signals which record the sound and double the waiting time once the noise reaches harmful levels.
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Find out how the @MumbaiPolice hit the mute button on #Mumbai's reckless honkers. #HonkResponsibly pic.twitter.com/BAGL4iXiPH
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) January 31, 2020
Mumbai Police has taken the route of punishment to drive the habit of unnecessary honking out of Mumbaikars. The new initiative is called 'The Punishing Signal', where decibel meters have been installed along busy signals of the city to reset traffic signals.
What 'The Punishing Signal' does is a simple and clever trick. The police has attached new decibel metres to signals at places with heavy traffic, when the decibel reading in these meters increases over 85 (dangerous level) the stop signal automatically resets and commuters have to wait longer for their turn to come. So if you've been waiting a long time for the signal to clear up, it is quite plausible that the honking has reset the timer.
What is ingenious about the whole idea is that the commuters are also informed about this situation via a display screen which reads the message "Honk More Wait More".
The art of traffic policing is no easy feat. #TheArtVsTheArtist #RoadSafety pic.twitter.com/7ASUC5hrrM
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) January 22, 2020
This move by the Mumbai Police will not only ensure that people use lesser horns but would also inculcate the habit of being a little more patient during commute. Though it seems quite harsh, Mumbaikars will ultimately be thankful for the decrease in noise pollution and a more hassle-free commute.