Do they realize how dangerous it is?

September 9, 2008 at 10:41 pm 11 comments

Whizz went the chappie on the motorbike as he tried to zig-zag his way between a fast moving coach, my car and several other forms of transportation.

I was about to grumble at his recklessness when the bike turned over and the driver fell off it onto the road. Fortunately both the coach driver and I had slowed down sufficiently so instead of being run over, he escaped with a few minor bruises.

This incident happened as my  friend Afia and I were heading back from the doctor’s earlier this evening. It was a near miss not only for the motorcyclist but for a whole bunch of other people.

As Afia pointed out, the guy was carrying an LPG cylinder on the back of his motorbike. This fell onto the road when his bike took a somersault. We were lucky that the cylinder didn’t explode and destroy the entire block and blow us to smitherines.

My question is “Why the hell was he carrying such dangerously fragile cargo on his bike?” And even if he had no other option but to carry it, did he not think that he should drive carefully? When I think of what could have happened, a shiver goes up my spine. Someone up in the heavens was obviously watching over us otherwise it is very likely there might not have been a blog post tonight or any other night. God help and protect us all as we drive on the roads of our cities and towns. Is it mere recklessness or is it some sort of bravado that drives people to maneouvre their vehicles through busy streets with no thought of whom they could hurt, kill or maime other than themselves.

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  • 1. Fariha Akhtar  |  September 9, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    May Allah(SWT) safeguard us all. On a lighter note…the guy probably had planned to demonstrate an innovative alternative to suicide bombing🙂
    He ought to be invited to the next SI session!

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  • 3. Talha Izhar  |  September 10, 2008 at 1:55 am

    The cylinder didnt explode because it might have been empty.

    @Fariha: lol @ suicide bombing. I think inviting him to next SI would be a little too dangerous as many of us really want our ventures to succeed and cant imagine closing down even before it started😛

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  • 4. dehog  |  September 10, 2008 at 3:05 am

    May Allah protect us all..

    and certainly they’re too courageous to care about it all.. too courageous..😛 yeah right !

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  • 5. Yahya  |  September 10, 2008 at 5:18 am

    Bikes now come with LPG kits fixed : (
    It’s very commonly seen these days, & that’s the only solution they can can come up against fuel hikes.

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  • 6. DC  |  September 10, 2008 at 6:38 am

    That’s a very common sight. People carrying more load than they can handle and driving bike as they are working in some Hollywood movie. I have a few friends of mine who drive this way.

    Whenever I ask them, that why the hell they put themselves and others in danger, they reply. “YAAR HAMEIN CUTTING AATEE HAi”

    They don’t know that its people driving cars and buses actually save them by slowing down their vehicles. May Allah (SWT) keep us all in His protection and give Aqal-e-Saleem to our youth.

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  • 7. Jehan  |  September 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    This discussion is turning out to be scarier than the experience we had yesterday🙂

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  • 8. Vic  |  September 10, 2008 at 11:39 am

    @Talha: In fact, an ’empty’ cylinder is not really empty, it contains a fairly decent amount of aerosolised liquid petroleum, which could spontaneously ignite (ie, not need an external ignition device). Added to that the strength of the pressure-resistant container, and one has a pretty potent explosive device. We civilised humans really go to amazing lengths to endanger ourselves.

    However, the lack of reliable delivery systems (last-mile problem) for consumers leads to people taking foolish risks, as much as the lack of general knowledge about the risks involved in carrying gas cylinders casually around. Perhaps the risks aren’t all that great, as can be evidenced by the fact that cylinder loaders employed by the gas agencies toss them around like confetti. However, it is a risk I would prefer not to take, nor see others taking.

    To my mind, the lack of public concern about such things is exacerbated by the general air of secrecy that surrounds the oil and gas industry, supposedly to minimise deliberate mischief. How deep does one have to hide one’s head in the sand? – we are humans, not ostriches! Those who are determined to trouble others will overcome the obstacles placed in their way, but those same obstacles to learning keep the ordinary citizen perpetually uninformed and in danger.

    Hopefully the initiative taken in the area of ICT policy will now percolate to other sectors, as people generally come to be aware that it is only knowledge that can free humans to improve our lot for ourselves.

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  • 9. Talha Izhar  |  September 10, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    @Vic: Didnt know that🙂 Thanks for the info.

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  • 10. awahid  |  September 10, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    lolz @Faria that was awesome…

    From now on I will be very careful while driving

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  • 11. Jehan  |  September 13, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    @Vic, You are absolutely right there should be more of an effort to spread knowledge of the dangers associated with the carriage of dangerous substances and the risks that are involved.

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