Losing lives on roads

Roads must be made safe for people who drive and people who walk

Road accidents cause a grave concern. In India, more than 150,000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents. That’s about 400 fatalities a day and far higher than developed countries like America which in 2016 recorded about 40,000 accidents. 

India’s roads have earned a ghastly reputation for being one of the most unsafe in the world given the number of accidents and casualties. Among the states, Jammu and Kashmir has the worst record. More civilians have died in traffic accidents in 13 years since 2004 than in armed conflict. A 2017 report by the Jammu and Kashmir Traffic Police shows that between 2004 and 2016, an average of 1,200 people died in road accidents in the state annually, compared to 200 people who died due to the conflict in the state. Also Jammu and Kashmir topped the list of “high accidental death-prone areas” in a National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) survey conducted in 2013, which found that an accident in Jammu and Kashmir state has a 64 percent chance of causing death as opposed to 36.4 percent for all of India.

The frequency of fatal traffic accidents in J&K has alarmed policymakers and traffic authorities who blame negligent. Over-speeding  has been reported as the main cause of traffic accidents across the state. Most drivers involved in traffic accidents cause accidents when they do not observe the rules. 

Jammu has a witnessed  a low tide Modi wave earlier. But the region is witnessing a high tide Singham wave  like any block buster movie. Complaints are raining against Rath’s wrath for misbehaving and roughing up ‘traffic violators’.  This will worsen the situation in the city. There is a need to observe discipline on roads. That is the only way safety can be ensured to general public.