Multi-lane expressways have become a reality. Next generation, powerful two and four wheelers are very comfortable and have considerably reduced the commuting time.
There was been increase in road accidents as well. Reasons are multi-fold and cannot be attributed to any one aspect:
· Lack of discipline: Majority of us don’t follow any lanes or traffic rules. With these swanky highways, any small mistake can lead to major accident. Speedy vehicles don’t get much time to react. With more and more high power vehicles coming on road, this is only adding upto the problem.
· Good roads: Its surprising but I feel this is another reason. Do we deserve such roads when we don’t care about traffic rules and road safety. Airbag is still considered a waste of money and available only in high end versions. Helmets on head is due to fear of paying fines. Bad, narrow roads were blessing in disguise. Due to congestion on narrow lanes, every vehicle will struggle at 30-40 KMPH hence chance of accident and resulting impact was less as compared to multi-lane expressways.
Machines and Roads have developed but we as a human need to match up. We need to be more disciplined and take road safety as top most priority. Otherwise, this boon will remain a bane as far as road causalities are considered.