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Road accident deaths highest in India
India registers highest number of road accidents every year. India has recorded over 1,05,749 deaths in the year 2006 as against China’s toll of 89,455 as per latest figures, pushing China to second position. Most of the cases are of hit and run.
“OH GOD! Please let them come back home safely.” From the time our family members step out from home till they return, we echo the same words for our loved ones.


Our country, which is marching towards the development in various fields is not left behind in increasing the rates of road mishaps.


In developing countries, the fatality rates (defined as road accidental deaths per 10,000 vehicles) are quite high in comparison to developed countries. India has recorded over 1,05,749 deaths in the year 2006 as against China’s toll of 89,455 as per latest figures disclosed by the ministry of shipping road transport and highways.


India is estimated to have the second highest number of road accidents in a year, according to World Road Statistics (WRS) 2007 data for 2005. KH Muniyappa, the minister of state for shipping road transport and highways, said that the total number of people killed in road accidents was 94,985, next only to China where 98,738 people were killed.


Tamilnadu and Maharashtra have earned the dubious distinction of having the largest number of road accidents in our country, accounting together for one-fourth of the total 3.94 lakh of such mishaps in 2006.


The drivers do not want to give pass to any other vehicle. Everyone seems to be in hurry. Overtaking has become a common practice. And if the drivers hit someone or some vehicle they are so egoistic to apologise we do not hesitate to do such things and feel pride to play the blame game on others.


But is it fair to blame our government all the time? Isn’t it our responsibility to uplift ourselves?


By sheer palm greasing, we are able to get the driving licence but have we ever tried to know the driving rules?


As far as our government is concerned, it should come up with better enforcement of traffic laws and avoid myopic policies on the part of our politicians because these road accidents not only costs human lives but also affect approximately three per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) of India (as estimated by World Bank). Speedy medical assistance is also required to minimise the death toll.


Measures taken by the government is just a pinch of sugar in sea. Traffic laws are needed to be enforced strictly and it is our duty to follow them. These reasons are enough for us to come forward with road safety measures.
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