Pedestrian Safety in J&K
As per Statistics J&K has the highest number of pedestrian injuries
ER MUBASHIR JAN
Mr Ashiq, 34, was shopping on the evening prior to Eid, with his family. His wife and children alighted from the car, crossed the road and were waiting for him while he found a parking place. After parking his car, he crossed the road in a hurry and could not judge the speed of the oncoming car. He was knocked down a few meters from the nearby traffic light. He was hospitalized for brain contusion and fracture of lower limb bones.
Incidents like these are extremely common on the roads of J&K. Walking is a significant mode of transport and all human beings are pedestrians for varying time periods on roads, even though motorization is increasing at a rapid pace. Right from the early days walking remains an important mode of travel.
Even people who use cars and motorcycles, depending on their need, walk for shorter or longer distances. Walking is indeed found to be healthy as it helps in prevention and control of some ailments, like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cardiac problems and others. It is common to see more people walking on roads in both the cities, Srinagar as well as Jammu, and rural the areas. Large number of people including children, elderly, disabled, pregnant mothers and others use roads regularly. When large numbers of such people use roads, the environment and operating vehicles need to be safe, so that pedestrians are not injured, or God forbid, killed. In recent years, pedestrian safety has assumed greater importance as reports indicate that pedestrians are the single largest category of those injured and killed in road crashes in India.
As per Statistics revealed by MORTH J&K has the highest number of road accident injuries.
Awareness is the solution to this problem. Time is ripe when District Road Safety Committees should be constituted for a long term solution. Let us wake up and try to find footpaths that we have lost to other-than-pedestrian purposes.
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