Monday, November 15, 2010

Road Safety Awareness

1:- It can be observed that while accompanying a child to school or nearest pick up point, majority of parents (often mothers) hold the child’s left hand in such a way that the child walks on the right while accompanist remain on safer left side. The right side walker child is exposed to the dangers of traffic on road. Actually, the child should be made to walk on left side and parent holding the right hand of child should be on right side to protect the child.

2:- Whenever a car or vehicle is stopped on the road side, very often the occupants tend to get down by opening wide the right side door which opens towards the road. This way, people are exposing themselves to the danger of any vehicle coming from either side. The correct method is to get down from the left side door which opens towards footpath and not the road.

On Roads/Traffic-

Let the talks of Magic Boxes , flyovers, elevated roads, Metro, mono/tube rails be kept aside for a moment and concentrate on the following points which are not of long term nature and can be implemented with a minimum outlay of funds by any town developmental authority.

1. Remove or shift all the bus stops and auto stands which are situated immediately after a turning or circle. These are main hindrance in free flow of traffic. Penalise those bus drivers and auto drivers who stop the buses/autos at these turnings and bus stops.

2. Distance between two bus stops should not be less than half a kilometer. At present, there are many bus stops which are less than 100 meters apart and buses are not able to pick up speed.

3. Make footpaths free of hawkers. Stone slab footpaths are uneven. They should be properly plastered to have an even surface.

4. Public or for that matter any body including government agencies like wter board, Telecom, electricity, cable operators who dig the road or footpath must be made accountable to restore them back to original failing which heavy penalty should be imposed.

5. Slow moving vehicles like bullock cart, hand driven carts, three wheeler rickshaws, Tonga, etc should not be allowed within the city limits during peak hours.

6. Any body driving two wheelers on the footpath to go ahead in a traffic jam situation must be penalised or his/her vehicles should be impounded.

7. At railway crossings, there is a common tendency by two as well as four wheelers to block the right side of the road in order to go ahead as soon as the train passes. This practice results in blockage of traffic on both sides of the crossing. Public who are also well educated should understand this.

8. Potholes on any road should be immediately filled up as soon as information is received. Road inspectors should be made accountable for not attending to any pothole.

9. Superior quality paint should be used for zebra crossing and other road humps as the paints used at present become faint or invisible after a weeks time.

10. Glow signs should be put up at the starting of all road dividers.

11. Traffic discipline during crises like fire brigade, ambulance or police patrol jeep siren  must be known to all road users.


  1. Very rightly said. A little bit of common sense will improve the life a lot.

  2. I agree these are important yet simple to implement!

  3. Nice Article very useful for me.Thank you

  4. Nice Article very useful for me.Thank you

  5. Very thoughtful post on Road Safety Awareness... let us all follow traffic rules and safety measures for a peaceful life.

    Road Accidents and misfortunes are becoming countless, uncontrollable and an everyday/hour happening.. Nobody wants to risk to help the victims of such misfortune.. Everyone sympathizes for the same but no guts to provide timely help to the victims.. Reasons are many but all we can do is (to prevent or avoid such misfortunes) follow traffic rules, be very cautious while driving and implement the points enumerated in this blog...

    By the way, Sir, you look really cool and energetic in this new profile photo.

  6. very informative and observation based post.well I agreed to the above mentioned points and little good changes on prevention can make life even better.

  7. Very true sir! Hyderabad traffic has lot to learn from these points.

  8. Everybody is in a hurry...they race on congested roads as if the 2-3 minutes they save is going to transform directly into money!

  9. In our rural area Potholes are the most dangerous killers on road. Hope people read and follow your advice

  10. Hello,

    I have the Big B on my twitter account and guess what he has been tweeting about the whole traffic issue in Mumbai since a few days. The authorities really need to do something about it and also start awareness campaigns.

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog geet gaata chal.

    Regarding your post, very well written and it could be implement easily once people start following rules and aware of common senses.

  12. Good article on traffic. Authorities please JAGORE.


  13. All good and valid points.
    But we should have the will to implement them.

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