Need for Speed: Road Safety Reforms Could Save Lakhs of Lives in Indiaby Aaron Helmets Aaron Helmets - Redefining Safety
Due to speed on roads of India, one life is lost on account of road accident every four minutes, the government thinks that the use of speed governors can significantly lower the number of fatalities on the Indian roads.
Considering the present scenario, India ranks number 1 in road accidents as there were 1.77 lakh road deaths in the year 2015 itself. This number was an eye opener for the government as it encouraged a series of government initiatives to improve safety on Indian roads. The National Road Safety Council has been helping the government to frame new safety regulation and they even think that 45% of these fatalities on the road happens because of big trucks, which are move ungoverned.
The government is even planning to install speed governors for every vehicle. Speed governors are devices that are installed in vehicles to restrict the flow of fuel to the engine, by doing so they check speeding. According to the government, this can successfully bring down the rate of deaths caused by 20-25% as speeding is one of the main reason for road accidents. Youth forget to check their speed while on the open road as they enjoy the freedom of the open road. Not only this they also avoid wearing helmets when nowadays you can easily buy bike helmets online. The reason being their style quotient. But these little things can cost them their life on the open road.
Awareness on safe driving has become the need-of-the-hour. Commuting safely with conviction and not risking the precious life of oneself and others would drastically help in reducing the ever rising road accidents. The case for making speed governors compulsory is not new. It is a fact, that the central government had issued a notification in the month of April 2015 and had made it compulsory for different categories of vehicles that would be manufactured on or after October 1, 2015, to have pre-installed speed governors and the deadline given was on October 31, 2016 which has crossed long back yet there are lakhs of vehicles plying the roads without the devices.
Enforcement of any law is the real key to bring in the change but in India that is the real problem. The government is bringing change in the rules along with the National Road Safety Policy in place but the people are adamant not to follow them. But the ever rising death rate can only go down if people start following traffic rules.
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