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  1. davidlindsayjr April 2, 2015

    My favorite comment, with a more native perspective.
    Jay R
    Princeton, NJ 2 hours ago

    I am from India and have been used to similar chaotic traffic conditions there before moving to the US. I don’t think this article acknowledges the innumerable challenges the lack of road sense (there are regulations in those countries too but no one follows them) causes in real terms. Despite the startling low speeds in the big cities of developing nations, the number of accidents (Mostly unreported) is extremely high. Emergency vehicles cannot reach their destinations in even twice the time it would take even in crowded cities like NY and London. There are daily occurrences of skirmishes between drivers, pedestrians and by standers on roads which will make the few cases of road rage in our country seem like child play.

    Roger probably spent all of a week in a good tourist car or had leisurely rides in a Saigon Scooter/ Rickshaw but did not have the sense of daily urgency that is reality during the visit there.

    If you poll any Vietnamese or Indian in the US who has had to live in those conditions for a long period of time and ask them which model is better, I think there will be little doubt on which model is better.

    I am not disputing that we may have same baseless regulations, but I think for the most part our transportation regulations are well founded.

    I think the NY Times will do well to re-look at whether this article is worth being an Op-ed. Or is the Times beginning to be as baseless as the so called news organizations in Mr. Murdoch’s empire!!!

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    I am from India and have been used to similar chaotic traffic conditions there before moving to the US. I don’t think this article acknowledges the innumerable challenges the lack of road sense (there are regulations in those countries too but no one follows them) causes in real terms. Despite the startling low speeds in the big cities of developing nations, the number of accidents (Mostly unreported) is extremely high. Emergency vehicles cannot reach their destinations in even twice the time it would take even in crowded cities like NY and London. There are daily occurrences of skirmishes between drivers, pedestrians and by standers on roads which will make the few cases of road rage in our country seem like child play.

    Roger probably spent all of a week in a good tourist car or had leisurely rides in a Saigon Scooter/ Rickshaw but did not have the sense of daily urgency that is reality during the visit there.

    If you poll any Vietnamese or Indian in the US who has had to live in those conditions for a long period of time and ask them which model is better, I think there will be little doubt on which model is better.

    I am not disputing that we may have same baseless regulations, but I think for the most part our transportation regulations are well founded.

    I think the NY Times will do well to re-look at whether this article is worth being an Op-ed. Or is the Times beginning to be as baseless as the so called news organizations in Mr. Murdoch’s empire!!!

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