Mumbai traffic: Will clever red lights make drivers honk less?


Step 1

The words and phrases below will appear in the text. Use the various Quizlet study modes to get used to the words. Enjoy!

Step 2

Pronounce the following sentences.

Step 3

Read the text and answer the questions. If you are unsure of any words, please double click the word and the dictionary definition will appear automatically. On a mobile device, you will need to type the word in the dictionary box. Good luck!

Driving in the busy Indian city of Mumbai can get pretty chaotic – and that creates a lot of noise.

A report by a newspaper in the country found there were 510 cars for every kilometre of road!

Impatient drivers can often be found honking their horns in an effort to get the traffic moving, but police in India have decided to adopt a clever new approach to tackle the annoying problem once and for all.

Drivers will have to wait longer for traffic lights to go green if they don’t stop hitting their horns!

Trialled in November and December last year, the system involved devices being connected to traffic signal poles around the city. If decibel levels reached 85 or more, the signal timer reset itself and traffic lights stayed on red for longer.

Motorists were then met with the sign: “Honk more, wait more.”

The Indian police now have the huge task of working out how they will roll out the system right across the city which is home to around 20 million people.

Although some drivers have been left a little confused by the changes to traffic lights, others have found it quite funny and a number of other cities are looking to adopt the system too.

Step 4

Place the paragraphs in the correct order.

Greta Thunberg Calls COP28 Outcome a ‘Betrayal’
Greta Thunberg Calls COP28 Outcome a ‘Betrayal’
UK’s Met Office Warns Global Temperature Could Soar Beyond 1.5°C Threshold Within Five Years
UK’s Met Office Warns Global Temperature Could Soar Beyond 1.5°C Threshold Within Five Years
Scientists Call for ‘Global Agricultural Revolution’ and ‘Planetary Health Diet’ to Save Lives—and Earth
Scientists Call for ‘Global Agricultural Revolution’ and ‘Planetary Health Diet’ to Save Lives—and Earth
‘Scary’: Warming of Oceans Is Equivalent to 1.5 Atomic Bombs Every Second Over Past 150 Years
‘Scary’: Warming of Oceans Is Equivalent to 1.5 Atomic Bombs Every Second Over Past 150 Years
Record-High Carbon Emissions Show ‘We Are Speeding Towards the Precipice of Irrevocable Climate Chaos’
Record-High Carbon Emissions Show ‘We Are Speeding Towards the Precipice of Irrevocable Climate Chaos’
previous arrow
next arrow
Rate this post