HOW TO DEVELOP ROAD SAFETY CULTURE
Road safety is a major concern today as road accidents kill more than 1.2 million people and between 20 and 50 million suffer serious injuries worldwide every year. This situation is getting worse day by day. A report entitled "Global status report on road safety" predicts that road traffic injuries will rise to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030. Road safety means to safely drive on road to ensure that there is no harm or the driver of vehicle do not cause any harm to any other vehicle moving near by it. In other words we can say that road traffic safety means to reduce accident causes on road for proper driving Many victims are the primary provider of household income and, when injured or killed, their families are left without economic support. In addition, those who survive often need immediate hospital care and many require long-term support.
Hurdles in Road Safety
There are many hurdles in the path to implement Road Safety safely as listed below:
• Negligence:: The main hurdle in road safety measures is negligence of people. They do not follow the traffic rules. We find people jumping traffic lights, driving while drunk, driving recklessly at super sonic speeds, not wearing seat belts and helmets etc.
• Unsafe Vehicle Design: Vehicles designed for Indian roads are not up to the International Standards. Safety norms are not even close to international level. Even if some luxury cars have them, they run the pockets dry. There is a need to look for viable solution in this respect.
• Lack of Laws : No Proper laws have been devised and those devised are not meant and dealt properly. Just drive as you like and if you happen to kill someone, just grease a few palms and walk into the sunset. Such is the height of corruption in India.
• Lack of Emergency Services: Roads lack any facility for emergency services. In case of an accident there is no provision for first aid treatment near...
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