Thursday, April 19, 2012

Insensitivity to other's lives....

This has been a thought in my mind for a long time... Never had the time nor the drive to sit down and translate my thoughts into words. But today was probably a breaking point which had me typing out the article. I was driving my daughter to school and I almost had an accident; thanks to a moron who was keen on talking on the phone devoid of any sense of social responsibility or self responsibility that he was walking in the middle of the road, especially in a turn. When I horned, he just signed asking me to carry on as though it was the norm of life. I was so annoyed.

This is not the first incident I have come across. I have seen men/women/teenagers talk on the phone, when crossing the road, walking, or driving the bike/car. What they fail to realize that in addition to putting their own life at risk they are risking the lives of other people on the road. Even if you are on a headset, talking or listening to music when you are on road will surely distract you from keeping alert on the road, which is very essential. No one seems to be bothered about that.

I am not saying you should not talk on the cell phone when you are on the move. The purpose of mobiles are so that can be reached any time. But if you have a call that is so urgent that you answer immediately, then stop your bike/car or stop walking, stand in one corner of the road, finish talking and then move. That way, your own life is also safe as well as the lives of others on the road. Even if you are not worried about your life, you have no right to put the lives of others at stake by your stupidity. Wish people have some self realization because unless that is there how much ever heavy fine is levied for wrong usage of cell phones, this kind of stupid behavior will never stop. Is there any way by which people will start being more cautious while using cell phones on the road???

This is only part of the issue. I have even seen people who use the cell phones standing right under the sign board that says "Please switch off your phones" like for example in gas stations (Petrol bunks), near ICU or Operation Theater. Again, these are life threatening instances where one person's carelessness or lack of responsibility leads to the death of one or many lives!!! Wish people had brains/common sense.