I wondered when I found a motorbiker rushing without a helmet to see a road accident on the nearby road, but I did. Though he himself was not wearing a helmet as a motorcyclist, he well knew that the mishap just occurred and he was witnessing was due to the absence of a helmet.
Such people giving feedback and suggestions for the road accident victims is really embarrassing!
When people gather around in a mishap zone, they discuss the traffic rules as if their riding and driving were perfect. But as they leave the spot, they soon forget everything and become very liberated about violating the traffic rules. They feel like they are brave and smart-cookie when they violate traffic rules and don’t come under the surveillance of traffic police.
By doing so, they are harming themselves with a life-threatening risk. It is said, “accidents never occur whistleblowering.” It is likely to happen at any moment of our life. However, we can mitigate accidents like road accidents by following rules and regulations on the roads.
No need to mention the statistics; road mishaps are likely to occur every day in our country and possibly every second around the globe.
A few months ago, I was heading towards my work. On the way, I witnessed a live road accident. I got close to the spot and saw that one of my acquaintances driving a motorcycle had hit an autorickshaw. It was a minor accident, so nothing untoward happened. Nonetheless, my acquaintance had wounds and bruises everywhere, and that autorickshaw got slightly damaged.
After exchanging a few arguments with the auto driver, I took my acquaintance to the nearby clinic for the bandages and painkilling medicine.
Immediately a question struck my head- who is responsible for this mishap? Whoever is the culprit, the reality and unturned truth are that it may ruin or finish up many lives, and there are the Traffic Rules that keep us safe while rushing through the road.
Many people carelessly take the traffic rules as a burden given by traffic police and other related authorities. Rules and regulations are made and implemented to keep discipline on the road in order that the vehicular movement goes smooth and turbulence-free. Void of these rules, the flow of vehicles becomes like the running of deers having the lion behind the herd.
Traffic rules are generally visuals or auditory. These are the combination of traffic lights, horns, signposts, rearview mirrors, helmets, seat belts, lights attached to the vehicles, cats-eye posts, lane divider, and traffic cameras.
To become a good rider and driver, one should be familiar with all these components of road safety and traffic rules. For this, one should see adequately, hear properly, and read properly local language and English.
In this sense, only a literate person with good health conditions should deserve a driving license. For this, a certain level of education can be made mandatory for a driving license. We have heard and seen many vehicular accident cases on narrow or wide roads. This shows that the number of accidents cases will not drop only by widening the roads.
Along with road expansion, civic discipline on both drivers and pedestrians should function well nationwide.
Radar guns should be installed in the multi-lanes roads. Crosswalks, traffic lights, night street lights, and road signs should be run well functioning. Roundabouts or traffic circles should be at least created placed at the intersections. Mass transportation like metro rail and other forms of public transit should be promoted in the cities. Proper provision to control stray animals should be in place. And the power of the motor-bikers should be defined, limited, and well reined.
Restriction over drunk-and-drive is appreciable regardless of whatsoever. Moreover, in movies, the hero, villain, police personnel, etc., are often featured violate traffic rules. This also gives a negative impression to the people at large, and it should be well censored too!!
In the context of Nepal, in the place of the current test for the namesake, the written examination should be more comprehensive to test the depth of the knowledge on standing rules and roles of the ethical citizens behind the wheels. Additionally, in the place of the current five minutes’ trial test, the road test for a license should take the would-be drivers to hit the road and be tested in a real-life scenario. Moreover, both the written and road test should be available regular basis. Online applications for the tests should be accessible 24/7 all over the country.
We are such corrupted people that we make rules and also make the maxim like “Rules are made to break” to break them at the same time. Isn’t it a shame?
“Rules are made to obey and to save lives.”
The writer holds an M.Sc. degree in Physics and is currently teaching Physics in Colleges, Nepal.