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2- wheelers under scrutiny to check accidents in India

Saturday - October 13, 2018 11:52 am , Category : INDIA

WTN- Of all the accidents happening on the roads of our country, close to 34 per cent are related to two-wheelers. According to the government data, in 2017 close to 1.48 lakh people died in road accidents, out of which about 60,000 deaths occurred in two-wheeler accidents or accidents in which two-wheelers were involved, like pedestrian hit by two-wheeler.

India is already known for her unsafe roads and has the dubious distinction of registering the highest number of road accident deaths in the world. The government is taking a series of steps to bring down the numbers by installing proper signaling and working streetlights, constructing speed breakers, marking diversions and enhancing highway patrolling. As part of the same reformation movement, now two-wheelers have come under the scanner and the government is chalking out ways to revisit, scrutiny and decide how two-wheelers can be made more street friendly and safe by correcting the design flaws in them that lead to such frequent casualties. 

Among other things, the accessories and fitments that the two-wheelers come with in showroom customisation can face the axe for better safety as it has been found in accidents, often these extra fitments like bars, guards, lights, etc come off and cause fatal injuries due to their sharpness. If factory specifications are duly followed, such accidents could be less dangerous.  

In India it is a fad to decorate one’s vehicle and this leads to several changes in the original structure/design that compromise safety. For want of a uniform code, manufacturers too are not sticklers to safety norms and their design elements have inherent flaws that often go unnoticed and unchecked. In developed countries, such liberties are not allowed and bike makers have to strictly adhere to the specifications that are best for road safety. 

In India we too urgently need such restrictions. But that is only a part of the solution. The problem is larger than that. Indian riding/driving habits are also faulty and traffic sense is low among riders and pedestrians alike. Signals are jumped, rules are broken, drunk driving is widespread and so is speeding and wrong side movement. Also delayed ambulance access and people’s fear of police hassle, spike our casualty figures. Unless we stem these habitual flaws in people’s ways, accidents will continue to happen on our roads. 

People need to be educated and the punishment for traffic violations needs to be more stringent to deter wrongdoers. Under age driving, road rage, hit and run cases, driving overloaded, speeding, talking on phone while driving, driving unfit vehicles are common across the country and the RTOs have to work in tandem with the respective traffic police contingencies to be stricter with their norms and checks to end these laxities. Often money and muscle have an upper hand due to which the laws are so blatantly flouted. Also, awareness is the key here. 

School and college students should have a module in their syllabus which teaches them street ethics and the right driving practices. This one step can go a long way in instilling in youngsters an invaluable lesson in valuing their and others’ lives by knowing and following the right norms.


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