Monday, December 15, 2014

Road Safety in India

India has the highest number of road accidents in recent years. According to Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013, more than 231000 people are killed in road accidents in India. This causes a huge concern towards road safety in our country.

People in India must begin to implement the traffic rules instead we often see people jumping signals, overtaking from the wrong side, overtaking on bridges and curved roads, driving in the opposite direction in one ways and not following the speed limits. Many people drive their two wheeler motor vehicles with atleast 4 children sitting in them i.e, an entire family. Two adults and a child or two are the maximum number of people that can be allowed in two wheeler motor vehicles in India. A distance between two vehicles will not be maintained. Wheeling all of a sudden in main roads by youngsters. Talking over the mobile phone using ear phones or listening to loud music in the car may lead to distraction. All these are the dominant causes of accidents and injuries.

There are problems faced on roads due to pedestrians as well! Not following the traffic signal and Jaywalking by pedestrians are sometimes the cause for traffic fatalities. Also, there are some kind of people who stop their vehicle in the middle of the road as soon as they see a fruit/ vegetable vendor and start shopping which in return affects the pedestrians and the traffic. Also,many people neglect their vision problem which contributes to road accidents. Drunken driving should be strictly prohibited!

A lot of accidents are observed in highways. While driving in highways the drivers should be alert and be observant. They should observe the speed breakers and follow speed limits. Many a time, animals crossing the highway roads cause accidents.

Educating children in schools to follow traffic rules will help as parents/ care takers commonly show them that breaking traffic rules to reach school on time is absolutely fine. Every driver should know the value of a life and follow traffic rules accordingly. Traffic safety awareness should be promoted to every Indian.Improvising the roads by having footpaths, proper signage can be an aid. Safety management systems can be incorporated in vehicles. Continuous monitoring of driving license and vehicle permits should be performed.

Driving without licence, without seatbelt, without helmets result in traffic fatalities. Safety driving promotional activities such as Nissan Safety Driving Forum can bring tremendous positive developments in road safety in India.

This is an entry for Blog for road safety contest from Indiblogger.

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