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Needed: A change in driving culture


Event: Driving home past the Town Hall from the Colombo Plan Commemoration roundabout, I reached the Alexandra Road Traffic Lights and turned left when the lights turned Green.

Subsequently on my right lane was a Police Mahindra Jeep maintaining a two-car gap with the vehicle ahead. Since there was sufficient room, I then switched on my right signal and indicated I needed to change lanes to the right. Immediately the Police jeep accelerated and closed in the gap!

Since he was now abreast with me and like me was forced to stop at the traffic lights at Eye Hospital junction, I put my shutter down and with the most disarming smile told the policeman that in other countries a diver would slow down and accommodate a vehicle that needed to change a lane.


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