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Keeping Everyone Safe in a Car is No Joke

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
December 2022
Keeping Everyone Safe in a Car is No Joke

It’s important for all passengers in cars to wear seatbelts, not just those in front seats, as the recent death of Indian billionaire Cyrus Mistry underscored.

Mumbai police recently issued a notification saying that seatbelts would be mandatory for all passengers beginning on November 1. Warnings were given until November 10 and e-challans issued from November 11 onwards.

In response to the new rule, stand-up comedian Atul Khatri tweeted a photo of a man wearing a T-shirt with a seatbelt printed on it, saying, “Mumbaikars! Please wear seatbelts from today or buy this t-shirt.”

As you can imagine, Mumbai police were not amused. “We shall keep them in stock for you, along with our challans,” they tweeted to Khatri. “Your safety is never a joke! PS: If this ever will be basis for a stand up routine, ensure the message of safety is sent out as well.”

If Khatri has taken their message to heart, his comedy routine may sound like this:

“Listen everyone, you must always wear a seatbelt—it doesn’t matter whether you’re in the front seat, back seat or even on the roof. By wearing a seatbelt, you are not only protecting yourself, you are protecting other passengers from being struck by your flying skull. Please keep your skull to yourself!”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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