Updated: June 22, 2019 12:35:23 pm
While it’s not unusual for the traffic police to put up signs to spread awareness on road safety, one sign in Jammu and Kashmir has left people in splits. “DON’T USE MOBILE PHONE WHILE DRINKING”, reads a bizarre signboard by the Traffic Police of Rural Jammu at Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road, and quite naturally, everyone online is talking about it.
As the photo garnered attention online, authorities issued a clarification and ordered an inquiry into it. “This unit has installed a signboard at Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road recently with the nomenclature that ‘Don’t use mobile phone while driving’ in order to ensure general awareness among the concerned drivers,” the statement read.
“However, it has been brought into the notice of undersigned that some disgruntled elements have changed the aforesaid signboard with the nomenclature that “Don’t use a mobile phone while drinking”, which is a matter of serious concern and requires to be enquired thoroughly,” it added.
“You’ve had the advice to not drink and drive and the advice to not use your mobile phone while driving. Here’s a new piece of advice,” former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah earlier this tweeted. His post led to some hilarious reactions online with punny jokes and memes.
You’ve had the advice to not drink & drive & the advice to not use your mobile phone while driving. Here’s a new piece of advice. pic.twitter.com/DqajhOWbTj
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 20, 2019
The gaffe started a laughing riot online as some quipped, “Okay. But 99% do use phones after drinking. Impossible to stop them afterwards.” Another remarked it wasn’t an error but sound advice, “Drunk tweets and texts are a thing. That is sound advice”.
petition to keep this sign in all bars and pubs across India https://t.co/0Pgi5VAWM7
— Arshad Wahid (@vettichennaiguy) June 21, 2019
Saves drunk text embarrassment. 10/10 would recommend. https://t.co/3p4AX5itfv
— Comrade Legasov and Khomyuk Stan Account (@Adwait98) June 21, 2019
— Saumyajit (@keysers0ze_80) June 21, 2019
Don’t write board while drinking https://t.co/XVjbKHcXVQ
— Jisha S (@jishaktp) June 21, 2019
The one who wrote this must have been high. https://t.co/Jqon8V88rq
— Syed Ali Safvi سيد على صفوى (@syedalisafvi) June 21, 2019
Drivers now need not to be cautioned. https://t.co/8yzzqEr1BC
— Ra latief (@ra_latief) June 21, 2019
It’s good advice 😁!!!Using phone while drinking is very dangerous 👍😁 https://t.co/IxKF3N8cQs
The cops have the best sense of humour in this land😁 https://t.co/L3grOI7Kyd
— Samrat Banerjee (@sambane) June 21, 2019
Basically if you do this, you might end up spilling water on your phone, and can damage it!
— Mirza Zulfi (@mirzalibra10) June 21, 2019
This advice is extremely relevant. Drunk-texting is worse than an accident 🤣🤣
— Himanjali Gautam (@sweetnyasa) June 20, 2019
Drunk tweets and texts are a thing. That is sound advice.
— Kiran Manral (@KiranManral) June 20, 2019
The enquiry officer has been tasked with submitting a report on the matter for further course of action, the police added.
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