The Traffic Doctor

For the past nine years, Noida-based doctor Krishna Yadav has been donning two hats―that of a doctor and a traffic cop.

One role―that of a doctor―earns him respect. In his other role of a traffic cop, which unlike that of a doctor is voluntary and gives him no income, he earns bouquets along with brickbats.

How did Dr Yadav, a qualified Ayurvedic doctor turn to traffic policing?

On October 29, 2011, he was stuck in a massive traffic jam that lasted almost a couple of hours. Not far from him was an ambulance, which like his car was immobilised among the pile of vehicles and could not move, despite it blowing its siren desperately.

More than concern for himself, Dr Yadav was worried about the patient’s plight in the ambulance. His worst fears came true when the next day he read in the newspapers that the patient had died in the ambulance before reaching the hospital.

If there was someone on the scene to regulate traffic and allow the ambulance to pass through, the patient’s life could have been easily saved, Dr Yadav thought. And with the police overburdened with work and not enough in numbers to cater to the entire city, the need of the hour was for citizens to come forward and fill in shortages of traffic personnel, he felt.

Done! He was going to volunteer and fill in a bit of the shortages, he had made up his mind.

So, while retaining his doctor’s white coat, Dr Yadav added an apron, loudspeaker, whistle, and pamphlets and headed for the most congested roads in Noida―of course, with the sanction of the traffic police and rigorous training in traffic management.

Initially, his family protested vehemently, thinking that he was being impulsive and emotional, but when they gauged that he believed in what he was doing and that his intentions were born out of a desire to save lives and serve society, they supported him.

Out on the road, the reality soon hit Dr Yadav: As a doctor patients paid him money and respected him, too. On the road, people weren’t always kind to him and sometimes hurled abuses at him, when he was only doing his duty.

This hasn’t changed all these nine years. But that hasn’t upset Dr Yadav in the least. It has only made him more determined in his goal of saving lives, both as a doctor and an honorary traffic cop.

So he will go on doggedly serving the people―as doctor during the day and traffic cop for two hours, either in the morning or evening, whenever time permits.

He makes it a point to hand over pamphlets on traffic rules and safety to everyone willing to receive them and politely requests them to follow traffic rules and wear their seatbelts or helmets. Over his doctor’s coat, he wears an apron, which says ‘traffic man’ and carries his mobile number.  Some people fondly call him ‘Traffic Doctor.’

On his loudspeaker he makes announcements advising people to use seatbelts and helmets, not to use their mobile phones while driving, not to allow minors to drive and to always follow traffic rules. Many people put on their seatbelts and helmets heeding his advice and even salute him with respect. There are others who curse him or even abuse him.

He reacts to both responses with equanimity. For, he is on the roads to save lives and not to earn respect or applause.

Today, Dr Yadav has also evolved into a statistician. He has a breakup of traffic rule violators in Noida, percentage-wise: Not wearing helmets-50%; not wearing seatbelts-25 to 30%; talking on the mobile while driving-8 to 10%…other offences-10 to 17%.

Dr Yadav, indeed, is a Traffic Doctor, who will never say die.         

Sources: Newspaper reports

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