How can we save those on the roads?

I have been discussing this with almost everybody. People like me, who face terrible traffic jams in the city. They are fed up and so am I. But I don’t want to give up on this problem. It is something we all need to solve.

I have thought about a few things, like going and meeting NGOs and private companies and asking them to come together and form groups, to tackle this problem.

Individuals, who want to help solve traffic-related problem, can join these special groups and sketch out different methods and ways to tackle the problem.

Actually traffic jams are just one small part of the current traffic situation. There are bigger problems related to it – road rage is one of the most crucial of those.

Traffic jams lead to road congestions, which tempt people to break traffic rules to escape the situation. This, in turn, makes people overtake from the wrong side, upsetting drivers, who do not break rules and follow road safety norms. This leads to frustration & anger and ends up as road rage, which can be dangerous, often causing accidents, and sometimes proving fatal.

So you see, there is loss to property, loss of mental health and sometimes life. Other problems like noise pollution, air pollution, wastage of petrol, parking problems, etc. are also there.

In the given situation, driving on the roads is almost a curse.

But, we can change this situation, if we make some efforts and take some steps in this direction.

Good traffic law enforcement is essential for road safety. People need to be taught discipline. They need to obey/follow traffic rules for road safety. Traffic policing is important for a safe and efficient movement of traffic. This can be achieved by persuasion, prevention and punishment. People need to be disciplined; the ones, who do not follow traffic rules, need to be penalized. Right laws put into practice will change behavior.

Speed limits will reduce accidents. Better movement of cars will ensure peaceful ways of driving.

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Our mission is to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries and the consequent personal and financial losses by developing a public and private partnership to promote the best driving practices, enforcement of traffic regulations and ideal management of traffic infrastructure. Our plan is - - To interact with government authorities and private organizations to obtain their support and involvement. - To create an awareness of traffic issues and the need for enforcement of driving regulations. - To supplement/assist all regulatory authorities in activities of traffic discipline, control, technology, enforcement and response to various public issues. - To establish a public opinion, that indisciplined driving, road encroachments, lack of traffic rules' enforcement and issuing of driving licenses without good learning, is unacceptable & criminal and promote public policies and programs to stop such practices. - To promote and encourage disciplined driving and pedestrian movements and work towards facilitating such efforts.

Posted on 13/01/2011, in Condition of India Roads, Roads of future and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Hitesh Thakkar

    Having driven on the Indian roads and in the US, I have been able to see the traffic ‘sense’ in a practical way. More than the infrastructure, the road ways, signs, enforcement etc, the traffic situation is worse in US than in India. This is because there, more people travel by their personal transport then in India, More people have vehicles then in India; virtually all, have a four wheeler. Not only this there are people who own multiple vehicles, adding to the problem, It is almost like how in India, how we have multiple cell users and connections; an easy way to compare the density. The reason I am sighting all about US situation is because pretty much all of us know that the US is ‘better off’ then us to cope up such a given situation and I am sighting this to emphasize that the situation would be far more worse, only if they did not have a social responsibility or a better traffic etiquette. They are surviving purely because of the responsibility shared by most (not all) of the citizens.

    My point here is, no matter what new infrastructure may be added, new rules be enforced etc, etc; but things can improve ONLY if we citizens share the social responsibility and practice some driving etiquettes on an individual basis. Can we at least make way for an ambulance…just to begin with….?

    On the other hand a nationwide campaign should be started to enact driving schools bill and make it mandatory to have an independent agency to TEACH & then CONDUCT driving tests and issue licences. In India this is the foremost thing to be done, because you can’t expect people to follow rules if they do not know and unless they know the rules you cannot expect them to behave well. What we know as RULES is just a symbolic test that we go through a test which has been in existence since we were driving bullock carts….does any one remember which year was the Bombay Road Act enacted….?

  2. Few fundamentals!
    encourage public transportation and discourage private vehicles. Make public transportation comfortable like AC buses, fixed route, increase frequency, and make it very cheap and gauranted safty.
    Fix number of vehicles RTO registrations per city. Cities may be classified according to the need and size, industrilization and floating population.

    HBO lane type arrangement: no empty car on express highways. For any body to use express highway – car must be full.

  3. Milind Bhide

    traffic jams can be overcome with the help of local and state govt. since governance is not in the hands of the public and the govt. initiative is a must for overcoming the problem. If any activity in Chhattisgarh then I am ready to do my bit.Those residents of chhattisgarh interested in forming a working group can contact me at my e mail i.d. milindb648@gmail.com. THANKS

  4. i fully agree that traffic in present day cities have become a menace,,be it mumbai, bangluru, kolkata, delhi or for that matter any other city in india. ya educating people regarding the traffic rules is a must but its a very long term process and should be a continuous process. but what is urgently required are more roads, more network of flyovers…lots and lots of investment needs to be put in place by govt..u can not have a choked roads and expect a person rushing for some important job to follow rules..as it is important to give tools to a worker and then expect a good job from him, it is equally important that you have infrastructure in place and then expect people to follow the rules..and take my words for this, normal man will be more happy to follow the rules then…Investment by gov is THE step required to reduce the menace..everything else will follow suit…

  5. i fully agree that traffic in present day cities have become a menace,,be it mumbai, bangluru, kolkata, delhi or for that matter any other city in india. ya educating people regarding the traffic rules is a must but its a very long term process and should be a continuous process. but what is urgently required are more roads, more network of flyovers…lots and lots of investment needs to be put in place by govt..u can not have a choked roads and expect a person rushing for some important job to follow rules..as it is important to give tools to a worker and then expect a good job from him, it is equally important that you have infrastructure in place and then expect people to follow the rules..and take my words for this, normal man will be more happy to follow the rules then…Investment by gov is THE step required to reduce the steps..everything else will follow suit…

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