While a lot can be done to reduce the number of fatal accidents, a significant amount of effort is also required for developing the emergency response system after an accident has taken place. Hundreds of lives are lost solely due to the lack of timely medical assistance.
There have been a few positive developments such as a mandatory test to ascertain a candidate's knowledge of the basic signs and signals. Additionally, experts have shared suggestions like on-going testing, longer waiting period for learners to obtain license, comprehensive background screening, psychological testing, thorough eye examination, and some more stringent driving tests. Government-led initiatives and several NGOs and celebrities have also been instrumental in developing road safety programs and awareness campaigns across major cities.
The government is currently working to iron out the provisions of the proposed Road Transport and Safety Bill, which attempts to develop a framework for safer, faster, cost-effective, and inclusive movement of passengers and freight across the country.
However, what is more important is bringing about a substantial change in people's mind-set, since most road accidents are avoidable by sticking to a few basic rules and following traffic regulations.
National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) shows that 16 lives are lost in road accidents in India every hour.
Basic Rules Violated:
- Jumping Signals
- Avoiding seatbelts
- Avoiding safety helmets
- Over speeding
- Driving in the wrong lane
- Texting while driving
- Drinking and driving