What’s worse than accidents in India is the post-incident medical support provided to the injured. The number of people who die while reaching the hospital after an accident is shockingly high.
The driving scenario has become better than ever in the past years. Car companies have become skilful and road quality has improved, but we still can’t stop accidents. Highways are the main means of communication in most of the cities and states. But their importance is not portrayed in their planning and execution. The roadmap has not been planned properly which puts the lives of our people in danger. Someone dies on the road in India every 4 minutes, especially on highways. The government has done nothing to prevent these accidents or to improve the conditions of highways in the country. The recent accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway has again brought to light the question of road safety in the country.
Besides the poor planning and execution of highway, the issue also lies with the safety laws and restrictions in the country. The Government has been very unconcerned about the laws regarding the highway safety. There have been no strict rules or actions taken to prevent accidents. Getting a driving license has become easier than ever. Teenagers and not so well trained drivers get a license and without caring about the rules and regulations drive cars on the highway which leads to accidents and trouble to others. The growing corruption in Government office provides for easy access to the driving license, which puts so many lives at stake. I Shivanand Hulyalkar request the Government should put down strict driving laws and take harsh actions against rule breakers.
The ill-maintained conditions of the vehicle in the country are also a big issue on the way to attaining road safety. There are very old vehicles running on the highway without proper functions which makes it more prone to accidents. There are no rules on the servicing of a vehicle, how long a vehicle can be used or if it passes the safety test. There has to be enforcement of rules regarding vehicles, which is necessary but has not been taken into consideration by Government. We should all apply such rules on a personal level and not wait for the Government to take an action as they have not taken a single step so far.
What’s worse than accidents in India is the post-incident medical support provided to the injured. The number of people who die while reaching the hospital after an accident is shockingly high. The hospital lies quite far to the highways and there is no immediate medical aid available to the injured, which increases their chances of being unattended and a longer waiting period till they reach help. The Government could have at least worked to provide post-injury help to people if they can’t prevent accidents. Hospitals should be built around highway area at shorter distances to provide immediate help to injured and others. There should also be a GPRS service provided so that location could be traced and emergency contact numbers should be displayed everywhere to help people in every way.
Even if the Government takes no action, it is also our personal duty to follow all the driving rules and maintain proper standards to ensure the safety of ourselves and others. There is still a long way to go to reduce the rate of accidents in India and maintain safety everywhere. I, Shivanand Hulyalkar assure to take all the required steps possible for me to change the driving scenario in the country and maintain peace and safety of my people.
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