June 5, 2014
Sir, I want to draw the attention of the authorities concerned to the open violation of traffic rules. Not a single day passes when we do not read about the tragic accidents and huge loss of human lives on the roads. There is no denying the fact that 90% of the accidents are the result of reckless and rash driving.
The major cause of rash driving is the craze of overtaking among the drivers of buses, wagons, and mini-buses. Even the general public is also not free from this noxious craze. Resultantly, nobody seems to care about the permitted speed limits. One of the other causes which have contributed towards this lawlessness on the roads is that many of the drivers get driving licenses without any tests or trials. By offering bribes to the corrupt officials, one can easily get a driving license while sitting at home. Most of the drivers are ill-educated and ill-mannered. As they are unable to get any reasonable job, they take up driving and put thousands of precious lives at stake.
Moreover, the use of pressure horns is constantly on the increase. The traffic police seem to be indifferent to the use of pressure horns in the prohibited areas. No official of traffic police takes pains! to check this nasty and highly objectionable activity on the part of the public. The noise pollution is constantly increasing due to the unnecessary use of pressure horns. The greedy approach of the bus owners, acceptance of illegal gratification by the police and the absence of strict rules and measures against the offenders are the main causes behind this bold behavior of the drivers.
I would, therefore, suggest some measures and steps to improve the present states of affairs. The routes permits of the vehicles breaking the rules should be cancelled immediately. Licences of the drivers repeatedly involved in accidents should also be either suspended or cancelled. The road transport authority should devise new ways and means to control the flow of traffic on the main roads. Highway police should be increased. No person should in any way be allowed to get driving licence without a proper test. Training programmes for drivers should be arranged by the traffic police. The system of one way traffic should be set up on busy roads. Mass media should play its much needed role to create awareness in the public. Flyovers and underpasses should be constructed. No vehicle should be allowed to come on the roads without a fitness certificate. I sincerely hope that authorities concerned will pay prompt and serious attention to the above suggestions.
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