THIS refers to your write-up "Non-reactive to Road accidents" (FE- July 3). Road safety is a concern for all, regardless of gender. It is a matter of great regret that vehicles on the road are turning out to be dangerous for the lives of citizens. The true costs of accidents are rarely assessed, and can only be of full value if assessed to formulate future projections of loss probability and effective safety management. It seems as if no one is interested in striking at the root of the traffic problems: poor driver education. The road users should avoid driving recklessly.
The other example of neglect while driving or riding are using hand phone, driving when they are sleepy, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and playing loud music while driving. If the authorities are interested in proper traffic management, the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) of the government need to be modernised and upgraded.
More than 1,200,000 people are killed in road accidents worldwide, every year. It is not the speed but poor road conditions and inconsiderate pedestrians that cause the frequent road accidents and subsequent fatalities. The most important method to bring down accidents is strict enforcement of speed limits. Ninety per cent of accidents can be avoided by strict enforcement of speed limits. Heavy penalty should be imposed on all who cross speed limits. If this is strictly implemented, nobody will dare go at high speed. Existing speed limits should be brought down further. People must be taught road etiquette, which could reduce 50 per cent of calamities on streets.
Vinod C. Dixit
B-15 Jyoti-kalash Society
Jodhpur Tekra, Satellite