As a local, it often astounds me how nosy my fellow countrymen are, especially on the road.
Just the other day, there was a minor accident on the highway. Lo and behold, there was traffic congestion due to motorists’ irrational need to study the scene. It was as though any second, something dramatic would unfold and they didn’t want to miss it.
It’s more common to see two drivers swapping information. At most, a traffic policeman is present to moderate the situation. Either way, it is predictably pedestrian, yet everyone seems compelled to almost grind the car to a halt. When topped with peak hours, this illogical behaviour causes in long traffic jam, resulting in people who actually have places to go to being late for their engagements.
Since the implementation of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, I’ve noticed that there has been more traffic congestion. Perhaps people are simply feeling too cooped up in the country and the boredom is driving them to flock to commercial areas for some retail therapy.
Even outside of peak hours, the traffic has been busy. If there used to be little openings throughout the day when motorists could avoid the unnecessary long travel time, those days are long gone.
I think it is high time for the authorities to seriously consider coming up with a new system to mitigate the perpetual traffic congestion, such as encouraging more people to take up public transport to reduce the number of cars on the road. Carpooling should also be encouraged, which has the added advantage of reducing our collective carbon footprint.