Watch Out on LA Roads, Listen Up in Delhi

This week's rain has made the commute miserable for some motorist in Los Angeles.

But it could be much worse.

Take India's capital, New Delhi. In a National Public Radio report, Philip Reeves points out that instead of using their eyes to watch where they're going, drivers in New Delhi rely on their ears.

"You're surrounded by the sound of cars chatting with one another," Reeves reports.

Horn honking might be accepted -- signs on trucks read, "Please Use Horn" -- but Reeves looks at a man's attempt to create a quieter commute.

Click here to listen to Reeves' report and the clamor of Delhi's traffic.

In an effort maintain order, Delhi police doubled their fleet of 200 motorcycles this week.

"We would like to increase the numbers of vehicles in the future," Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal told Bombay News. "But we want people to follow self-regulation and abide by traffic laws."

It's not just other cars that are targeted by honking drivers. Delhi "has 48 different 'modes of transport' including cows, elephants and camels, as well as cycle-rickshaws and SUVs," according to Randeep Ramesh's article in The Guardian.

Ramesh notes that more than 130,000 people were killed in "road accidents" last year in India. That makes it the world's most dangerous place to drive after China's number of roadway fatalities dropped to 90,000 last year. Traffic Page

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