AS many as three lakh road accidents were reported last year. They claimed 60,000 lives. The authorities are quick to point out that a large number of accidents even go unreported. The death toll puts India in the top position of being an unsafe country to drive in.
The reasons are very simple. Our roads are badly maintained, extremely congested and the main culprit is the undisciplined driver who has absolutely no road sense. All this put together left 60,000 dead last year. Thatís more than all the American soldiers who died in Vietnam in over 10 years! We do it in one year. It is something to think about, it is something to worry about.
What concerns me most is
that in Chandigarh you see a number of people driving while holding the
cell phone next to their ear. They even go through a red light doing
There is talk in Chandigarh about replacing the beautiful roundabouts with traffic lights. If more roundabouts disappear like the ones which were at Press Chowk and Transport Chowk, it will be you the driver who will be responsible for it. If we drive properly, going around a beautiful roundabout can be a fine experience ó just stick to your lane, donít try and overtake. And leave those indicators alone. No two Indian drivers agree on the correct use of indicators.