Switch off your ignition during traffic signals

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At some point in our day, we all use the road. Whether you're walking, taking the bus, driving a car, riding a scooter or a motor-bike or sitting in the back of an auto-rickshaw, you somehow use the road.

We all know what that feels like.

There's another feeling we all know. Traffic signals.

Traffic signals are great. They help regulate the otherwise chaotic flow of vehicles, help us use our roads to the fullest and prevent accidents.

Plus, we grew up with rhymes and colouring books about the red-orange-green color combination.

But if you live in a city like I do, you'll also know that painful feeling of stopping in the same place for half an hour, silently praying that the green light will turn up soon.

It is never a short wait, and it is annoying. But that is a big problem: it has to do with poor regulation, overpopulation and all sorts of reasons with compex names.

I'm more interested in what goes on when you are waiting at a traffic signal.

As they wait, some people turn off their engines and relax. But there is also this large group of people who refuse to turn off their engines, even when waiting indefinitely.

Even when the vehicles don't move, the engines keep consuming fuel and keep spouting out smoke.

This doesn't make any sense to me. Not only are you wasting precious fuel, you are also actively polluting the environment.

I hear people complaining all the time that they were stuck in traffic for too long, but the same people also say that they wouldn't have enough time to switch off and switch on the ignition.

The problem is worsened because the pedestrians walking on roads have to breathe in the same pollutants accumulated by our vehicles and so do the selfless traffic police officers.

You must have seen the people who go around hawking cleaning clothes, stickers, phone stands or window shades at traffic signals. The air they breathe, I'm sure, is capable of giving them every kind of cancer there is. That's because as they walk, they directly inhale the pulltants from engines in standby.

This is why I ask that the switching off of ignition during traffic signals be legally enforced. If enough of us sign this petition, maybe the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways would take notice and change the rules. It will help people save fuel and protect the environment at the same time.

I know this issue may not seem that serious or large, but that's the beauty of it. Since it is very small, it is a very easy issue to solve.

You can help by signing this petition and switching off your ignition the next time you are stuck in traffic.

If you live in a city, I'm sure it won't be too long before that happens. So when it does, remeber this petition and turn off your engines.


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