As an aide-memoire, one serious road accident in the country occurs every minute and while this is not serving its purpose to be the right wake up call for many of us, it returns to be a telling off.
We tend to drive recklessly just to reach a place quickly and draw the inference that rules are for fools. The transpicuous slackness of the people in India is quite evident in the stats that surface in the newspaper.
The vexatious question that nobody cares about anymore is, why do we need to follow traffic rules?
Firstly, in 2016, about 1,50,000 people left their homes and never really returned because of some accident they had to deal with or an accident they encountered that cost their life. Nonetheless, one is far more likely to survive one's journey if they follow the traffic rules than if you don’t and no matter how sarcastic and unceremonious that may sound, it is the dinkum oil.
Secondly, traffic rules strive to prevent drivers of vehicles from causing accidents or hitting pedestrians. An accident survey estimated around 3, 00,000 accidents occur on Indian roads every year. That is the whole state of Manipur succumbing to road accidents. There cannot be any another coherent reason, for this reason alone could not be better thought out. This might come as a shock however traffic rules are for us, and not for the policemen. they are not attempting to constrain us to follow the stringent traffic rules while they have copious distinct ways to do that. The intention is to give predictability to all travelling on the road.
The problem at hand is the people who ride two-wheelers and do not wear helmets even after repeated challans and warnings furthermore even the pedestrians do not follow traffic rules. Driving in the wrong lane is one of our specialities and using phones while driving is the new black. We scarcely spend 1.25 to 2.25 minutes on an average waiting at signals which is contingent on the travelling speed and the no. of intersections but we are still too nonchalant to stop at signals. We can all take a step to be responsible citizens but why to give care. It is rather quite easy to condemn the government for frequent road accidents much the same as corruption, inflation, poor health system, deteriorating educational system and so many more.
When one steps up to correct the other, the argument brought into the picture is that no one follows the rules so why should we?
The answer to which is that two wrongs don’t make a right and while he or she is coping with tragedy in the wreckage of an accident you wouldn't like to do the same would you?
Here are some of the traffic rules that seem to skip your mind while driving.
· You need to wear a seat belt while driving a four-wheeler. To refresh your memory, they not just for show or something to wear while the police are near you.
· While driving, you should not use mobile phones as it can cause diversion and serious road accidents
· Drinking and driving is a deadly combination.
· You should not honk unnecessarily especially when you are near a hospital or school
· You should follow the speed limit fixed for your respective vehicle
· Red light jumping is an offence.
· You need to drive mindfully near a school, as kids have the tendency to run on the road without watching out for vehicles
· You should make use of zebra crossing for crossing the road
· Helmets are necessary when you use two-wheelers for travelling
· Make certain that you keep left on the road when you use cycles for travelling and restrict driving in the wrong lanes.
Driving is a privilege in which you bear responsibility for not only your own life but the lives of those around you. Life is indeed unpredictable and that’s why driving safely is the best thing you can do.