Killer Roads

December 31, 2016 0 Comments EDITORIAL 246 Views
Killer Roads

Kashmir is a unique place with some of the unique problems. Kashmir has witnessed turmoil from over 25 years now and many people, c rossi the number of lakh have been killed. However the number of people killed during road rage and accidents have surpassed the deaths during witnessed during the conflict. Road accidents in the state and statements issued by the police post accidents have become hackneyed, a regular feature. Similarly, the superficial measures and the annual drive on road safety, which is due in Kashmir, has also become a regular feature. Outside the time frame when traffic department, police and even civil society actively campaign to cull the problem, the matter never receives any care. Last year the figure for two-and-a-half years was – 2400 killed and 21335 injured. An estimate, 1000 persons die in road accidents in a year and about ten-times the number are injured. This yearly collective failure of government, traffic department, police department and the society shows either the misplaced priorities or the poor intervention of all. Although it is the same known elements that draw disasters of smaller magnitude, but over the years some factors have become more prominent. For instance accidents in which vehicles skid or turn turtle are fair in number. Apart from blaming vehicles and drivers competence, the roads also play a major role in mishaps. The road construction in the state is rarely done in a way so that accidents are minimized. Road banks and curves are essential to maintain the grip on the road. In many cases accident prone roads or junctions have created notional danger spots. These are the points where risks are manifold, not only because of the road construction but also due to traffic flow and direction. While the government needs to focus on ensuring proper construction of roads on safety parameters, the traffic authorities can identify and map the danger spots. Further, the government must utilize scientific methods of collecting relevant data on road accidents and come up with a comprehensive strategy to remove the obstacles. Why this is important, because loss of 1000 lives every year is by no means a small matter. In toll it is equivalent to a major disaster. Then governments plan could be equated to the yearly figures and if all is taken care of the graph will certainly show descent. At the same time traffic authorities can work on a range of factors that are responsible for increased road mishaps. The challenge for the department, expectedly, would be resource allocation. But a small sign board at a place where it is most needed can prevent a major tragedy. The department will have to make most of its resources to curb the road accident disaster.

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