Simba: “But you’re not scared of anything.”
Mufasa: “I was today. I thought I might lose you.”
–The Lion King
My hubby bought a bicycle for our daughter last week.
He also bought a helmet for her.
I appreciated this a great deal and understood his concern for our child's safety.
I remembered cricketer Phillip Hughes recent death then. Had he been wearing a helmet, he'd have been saved.
Also Minister Shri Gopinath Munde would have been safe had he worn his seat-belt...
I also thought of the myriad cases in which youngsters don't wear helmets, speed their bikes, flout traffic-rules...
Many have no valid Driving-License/documents nor have reached the legal age, yet are out there on the roads...
Like Mufasa, aren't they scared of any loss?
It will always be a mystery for me-
-Why some people can be so negligent towards their own life and impact the life of others?
-Do they understand the consequences of their actions- their rash & unsafe driving can cause death?
As per a Transport Ministry study conducted by National Informatics Centre (NIC):
“74 lakh Driving Licences (DLs) may be fake” i.e. “13% of 6 crore permits are duplicate”.
The total number of fake or duplicate DLs in India is equal to the total population of Hong Kong.
In the Hindi movie- Ungli, the corrupt-official who hands out fake Driving-Licence, is made to travel as a passenger in a vehicle driven by the same newbie-driver whom he has handed over the DL! Serves him right!
In the Hindi movie- Dushman, the truck-driver hero is actually an 'enemy' for the community as he has run over a man. The hero comes to apologize and then does many good works to become a 'friend'.
In the Hindi movie- Saathiya, a newbie-driver is responsible for the accident of the heroine in the climax. The heroine thankfully survives after a lot of anxious moments...
I feel movies can give social message about road-safety.
There can be more awareness in the media too.
Recently, I watched a TV-show about the case of Mr. Vikram Saxena who has filed a PIL about overloaded trucks after losing his son in an accident.
From his research and experience of follow-ups over many years, Mr. Saxena found- Despite traffic-rules and orders in place, implementation is an issue. Administration is responsible for enforcing order. We need a corruption-free government.
Longevity of roads reduces when overloaded trucks travel. Highway accidents occur due to bad roads too. Drunken driving is also an issue.
People cross railway-crossings. Fairly common & sad to learn about accident of bus/vehicle carrying innocent school-children. Drivers need to have sense. Better late & safe than be sorry.
Some statistics from the TV-show. In India-
In the year 2010, there were 2,40,000 road accidents.
There are 1,35,000 road-accidents in a year.
Every hour 13 people die due to road-accidents.
NO SPEEDING. DRIVE SAFE.
DON'T BE A MYSTERY/HISTORY.
NEED TO BE ALIVE TO CREATE HISTORY.
I know & believe- 'Safety Begins With Me', do you? Please share in the comments below.
Written for a Road Safety IndiBlogger contest.
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Correction: Phil Hughes was indeed wearing a helmet. But, clearly he needed a better safety gear to be saved from the unfortunate accident. Thanks Sammya & Oldegg for sharing.