Save precious lives

Dear Editor,


We have lost many a life in road accidents during the past three years.  While the authorities suggest a slew of measures to minimise loss of life on the roads, nothing seems to be moving.  According to official data, three persons get killed and twenty-five sustain injuries in road accidents on a daily basis in the state. Shockingly 3595 persons have lost their lives in 19444 road accidents during the past three years.

During the same period 28,246 persons sustained injuries. The data further reveals that in the year 2010 a total of 6142 accident cases were registered, claiming 1029 lives besides leaving 8945 injured. Moreover during 2011, a total of 6665 accidents were reported claiming 1140 lives and injuring 10092 persons, while in year 2012, a total of 6637 cases were reported, claimed 1426 lives and injuring 9209. The data makes clear that the road accidents have claimed more lives than militancy especially in the past three years.

Most of the road accident victims are college and school going youth bikers, who seldom reduce their speed even on bad road stretches. An official while expressing his helplessness sought cooperation from the civil society to curb the growing menace. Yes, the traffic police alone cannot do much. All have to rise to the occasion to save precious lives.  The process of issuing driving licenses has to be regulated. Experts have also suggested total ban on purchase of new vehicles for five years. The increasing number of vehicles on the state roads is in no way an indicator of development. It reflects the shortcomings in the government policy.

Unless the state has the roads to cater to the growing traffic, the purchase of new vehicles should be banned. The concerned department also needs to upgrade its infrastructure. By installing cameras at various places, over speeding and   other traffic violations can be checked to a great extent. This is how the developed countries regulate the traffic. The primitive methods cannot make the roads safe. There has to be some modernization and up gradation of the system.


Satnam Singh

Gandhinagar, Jammu


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