Someone was killed in the last 3 minutes...
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Someone was killed in the last three minutes or so. And another one will lose their life on the Indian roads by the time you finish reading this.
While efforts are under way - amendments to motor vehicles act, a law for good samaritans and a strong political will - the number of road accidents has not come down. We are still losing as many (or marginally different number) lives every minute, every year, as before.
Survivors and friends / family members of those who have lost lives prematurely are suffering deep trauma. I shudder sending my son out on bicycle. Or when I am walking on the left side of the road, and there's no pavement, fearing someone will hit me from behind, yet again!
Civic agencies are focusing on their job - one laying the road, the other digging a hole to lay a sewer-line, and the third one cutting across the freshly-laid road to provide electricity connection - without talking to each other. Traffic Police has severe shortage of human resources. There is no standard operating procedure. No one has a role to ensure road safety. Result - potholes, traffic jams, unduly shrunk roads, unusable pavements and so on.
Laws are in place. Who will implement? Historically, implementation in India is a bigger challenge than laws. Yes, you and I need to follow the law, but we need a road-safety authority in every state to prioritise road safety, ensuring standard operating procedures for the civic agencies, and hence ensuring safer roads.
The absence of a local road-safety authority is felt more than ever before. I believe that if there's an institution or an individual leading road-safety as a role, you and I will feel much safer on the road.
This is an appeal to everyone to support this petition, asking Hon Minister for Road Transport and HIghways, Mr Nitin Gadkari, to instruct every state to set up road safety authority.
Families and friends of road crash victims will come together to remember their loved ones, and make this appeal in person to the Minister on 20 Nov 2016 - the World Day of Remembrance 2016.
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