Road Traffic Awareness

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Respected Father, teachers, my brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen

Good morning to you all

Today I am going to share some of the factors, traffic policies and people expectations with regards to road traffic accidents

Road accidents have earned India a dubious distinction. With over 130,000 deaths annually, the country has overtaken China and now has the worst road traffic accident rate worldwide according to the experts at the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NTPRC). Number of road accidents in India is three times higher than that prevailing in developed countries. The number of accidents for 1000 vehicles in India is as high as 35 while the figure ranges from 4 to 10 in developed countries.

In India alone, the death toll rose to 14 per hour in 2009 as opposed to 13 the previous year. A report says speeding, drunk driving and low use of helmets, seat belts and child restraints in vehicles as the main contributing factors. Trucks and two-wheelers were responsible for over 40 per cent of deaths. Drink and drive is the major cause of accidents. "It's growing day by day because liquor is a state subject and it’s happening everywhere in the country. There is an ineffective law, there is no judicial procedure, and there is no enforcement by the police, no specific segment where they can book people under drunk driving." Also, punishment for drunken driving is light. Under the Motor Vehicles Act you get a six month prison sentence or a fine of Rs 2000/- but hardly anyone ever goes to prison as Rs 2000/- is a paltry sum.! Now I am going to give a small brief of total number of accidents, people involved and death in Tamilnadu In the year 2008, TNA is 60409, people involved are 83035, number of death 12784 2009 TNA is 60794, PI 84250 NOD 13746 and in 2010 TNA 64996, PI 90854, and number of death is 15409 The figures are only approximate, real figures may be more and alarming Who is responsible for these accidents? Of course,...
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