18 October 2013 Exceeding speed limits, drink driving and use of cell phones while driving were some of the offences road safety officials have maintained records of and fined offenders.
The result of constant monitoring by traffic officials along the expressway for vehicles crossing speed limits and using mobile phones is evident.
Although traffic police may not be present to monitor and nab drivers zooming along the stretch, motorists have begun following the 50km speed limit, fearing a surprise appearance of men in blue some where along the expressway.
Fewer accidents along the stretch were recorded compared with those of the previous years before deployment of speed guns.
Probably a similar drive on the part of traffic cops ought to begin for cabs, heavy vehicles and just any random car that pulls over suddenly along the expressway.
If the fear of having to bear steep fines worked with Bhutanese drivers to observe the speed limits, the same should be done with those parking along the freeway.
One might only wonder at the growing number of licences road safety officials have dished out of both professional and ordinary types.
Apparently this is one of the reasons why, while we find it commendable that speed limits are observed and subsequent crashes because of which have reduced, skirmishes between drivers and car collusions have moved to other areas.
All one need to do is stay stationed at the junction near the old pediatric ward of the old hospital where irrespective of what time of the day, it is a traffic nightmare.
The other is at the junction to the election commission office where all types of vehicles park on either side of the already narrow road, driving through which is at one’s own risk.
What city planners and municipal authorities overlooked with respect to the rule of every structure requiring designated parking spaces and who bears the brunt.
Then there are several points along the expressway, for instance opposite the malls adjacent Hyundai showroom and the Changjiji bridge, which is a busy traffic of pedestrians crossing the road and cars pulling over with no or late indication.
All the while those driving on have their eyes alternating between the speedometer to maintain the speed limit and edges of the road, looking for uncertain pedestrians waiting to cross.
Authorities issuing licences ought to make sure those applying for one are abreast with traffic rules. Following that, it is up to traffic officials to ensure they follow them.
Monetary fines accumulated from traffic violators could be used to improve public facility, like designated pull over points for city buses and taxis and pedestrian overhead bridges.
So far so good on speed limits, now let us move on to finer details of road safety.