“Shall we go out somewhere tomorrow? Shrini !” Mohan asked.
“Sure. With Pleasure”. “Where?”
“Come. Will show you some mystery around here”.
“Mystery? Any black magic?”
“See it yourself tomorrow”.
Next day morning, I got up early and got ready.
“Get into the Car.” Mohan is waiting for me.
Glad to see there are another two people.
My friend Logarajan and his wife.
“Do you show once again, some green trees and scenic areas?.
I am bored of them. Show something different”. She asked.
“Fine. Today well be loaded with activities.” Mohan said.
We four, started in the Car.
Mohan entered some address in a small gadget.
“What is this, Mohan? Is this car drive automatically to the address we set?”
“Hahaha. No. This is just GPS. [ Global Positioning System ] We use this to know the the shortest
or economical or fastest route to reach any place.
All the streets, places are known to GPS system.
As we will be riding fast, we can not stop in the middle
and ask someone for the route.
Most of the places, we can not see people too.
GPS is the only solution for the easy transport”.
“Thats nice. Long live GPS”.
The roads are wide. 4 lane and 8 lanes.
There is a separate lane for people who does car pooling.
They are called Freeway.
Walkers and bicycles are not allowed in this routes.
They have to take alternate routes.
The lengthy freeway is called “101”.
It connects the North and South San Fransisco.
The roadsides are filled with Trees and green meadows.
“How the local politicians keep the trees living here?” I asked.
“These are maintained by Govt. Here also Politicians do nasty things.
But the Govt Servants are really good and they work honestly.”
The Country is huge and population is low.
So still there are huge lands for agriculture.
Except the inner cities, all other places have beautiful
individual houses. Streets and connected well.
If there is a stop sign on the road, every vehicle comes to 0 speed.
Check for any other vehicle, then starts again.
Walkers have special respect.
If you walk and cross the road while the walking signal,
All the vehicles stop and give way.
“Why all people follow traffic rules strictly, even when there is no one in signal?”
“Hahahah. Rules are to be followed. Not to break.
These rules are just to make sure that human life is greater then anything.
Police will be watching us from roadsides.
Signals are with camera to capture any issues.
Police will send you notice to pay a huge amount.
Just to avoid losing that huge amount, most people follow the rules.
You can be captured two times. On Third time, the license is canceled.
Getting driving license is very tough.
The Inspector will sit with us in car and give various directions to drive.
He will watch all our activities. It is very very tough to satisfy his rules.
We have to know all the traffic rules, sign boards, hand signals,
driving and parking methods.”
“Interesting. Dont the police get few dollars to release from the case?”
“No. They will give bill and go away.
We have to pay on the court.
If not paid, the credit score will be damaged.
Credit score keeps all our financial transactions.
With a damaged credit score, we can not get even a credit card or loan.
So, people are conscious enough to drive safely on the roads”
Mohan was explaining all these things patiently.
It is good to see people following the rules.
Somehow, the govt makes it.
I can not resist from comparing with Chennai.
Even I have bribed for crossing signals in chennai roads.
“Hei. You crossed signal. You have to pay 1000 Rs for this crime.”
“Oh. Sorry sir, I just joined with the gang of bikes who crossed the signal”.
“Yes. But still, you have to pay the fine. Pay 1000 Rs Fine or give me just 100”.
I paid 100 Rs just to escape from him.
It seems all these are not happening here.
The police is not getting money from people.
People are not paying any bribe.
They pay the Fine amount.
Moreover, they follow the rules very carefully.
They made it as it is in their blood.
I wont say it is the problem with the police who asks for bribe.
Changes should start from us.
If we follow the traffic rules and if we pay the fine, when commit mistakes,
the situations will change for sure.
Many people want to live a lifestyle as a USA citizen.
Lifestyle is not with the dress, fun or language.
It is all about the manners and habits.
If anyone of you want to live a USA citizen lifestyle,
start with being honest and follow the rules.
I can not change the entire country in a single day.
But, I can change myself in a moment.
I will stop at every signal.