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21 Apr 2017 11:18pm IST
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21 Apr 2017 11:18pm IST


road safety

The news about CM of Goa wanting strict enforcement of  traffic laws after the recent horrific road collision at  Corlim is amusing. All this while public was entertained  with enforcing seat belts and helmets as the remedy to  deaths on the road. Now it is enforcement of traffic  laws, which laws in particular are never specified as  usual.

 Does putting certain areas into PDA for 6 months by the  government, as was done in 2002, to facilitate a select  real estate firm to get extra F.A.R for its mega housing  project in close proximity to a National Highway not  compromise road safety? Now as a cover up we have  traffic signals installed on a steep slope to facilitate  the movement from the housing complex after the area  became a accident-prone zone.

Does permitting a shopping mall and other commercial  activity within 50 metres of the NH not minimise road  safety? Does permitting vehicles beyond the carrying  capacity of the roads not minimise road safety? Does  non-adherence to road engineering codes not undermine  road safety? Does forcing of National Highways through  thickly populated residential areas not ensure road  hazards?  

Soter D’Souza, Porvorim

Rash driving 

It is understood that the state traffic police have  launched a special drive to crackdown on traffic  violations specially related to rash and negligent  driving/riding, drunken driving and riding without  helmets. 

Incidentally rash and negligent driving does not involve  only speeding but includes breaking the traffic rules by  overtaking from the wrong side, jumping lanes, not  showing proper hand signals while riding a two-wheeler  or light signals while driving a four-wheeler or a heavy  vehicle, etc. A random check also need to be carried out  by the traffic police to see whether vehicles have all  the side-lights, brake-lights, etc. in working  condition. It is observed that several two-wheelers do  not have the rear-view mirrors. It must be said that the  rear-view mirror is an important part of a two-wheeler.  The absence of a rear-view mirror makes it impossible  for the rider to see the traffic coming from the back  which can result in an accident while over-taking. 

All two-wheelers need to mandatorily have two rear-view  mirrors, one on either side of the handle-bar of the  vehicle. It is seen that young riders of two-wheeler use  ear-phones, which is plugged to the mobile, to listen to  music while riding. Listening to music while riding a  two-wheeler can cause distraction and the rider may not  be able to hear the honking of the vehicle at the back.  It is also observed that several lady two-wheeler riders  are in the habit of covering their face with a scarf  while riding. The scarf can become a hindrance. The  breeze can even make the scarf momentarily cover the  eyes thereby temporarily blinding the rider which could  lead to an accident. It may also be necessary to ban  ladies from covering the face with a scarf while riding  a two-wheeler.   

Adelmo Fernandes, Vasco

Open letter to the

chief minister 

 The alarming rate of deaths on the roads of Goa  portrays the inefficiency of the of authorities deployed  by the government to prevent road accidents by  ensuring  the motorist follow the rules set up by the concerned   department.

The man at the helm, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar  should step up to identify accident-prone zones and  rectify the same by installing speed breaker humps  rather than the rumblers  that do not slow down the  traffic  instead many motorist speed up on them,  dividers need to be installed on roads that are wide  enough for two lanes.

The Chief Minister should initiate an awareness drive  through mass media communication, temples, churches and   masjids  should be roped in to spread the awareness, at  the same time municipalities and  panchayats  should  also  initiate the awareness program  in their  respective wards.

 As for the traffic department who’s primary objective  to contain road accidents  seems to be by collecting  funds from those not using helmets and seat belts should  target locals and inter-state buses who prefer stopping  on the roads rather than at  bus stands, bus stops & bus  hubs which in many locations around Goa are used as   parking bays for trucks and cattle.

Glestone Fernandes, Cuncolim

Macho mindset 

is dangerous

Albertina Almeida in her article, "Of accidents,  masculinity and (absence of) Rule of Law" (Herald,  Comment, April 20) has rightly said about road  accidents, "One major factor is the advertisements on  hoardings and print and electronic media for these  super-cars and super-bikes which add in no small measure  to a consolidation of macho attitudes of 'speed- driving-is-power-and-supermanhood'." 

Indeed, driving with macho mindset can be as dangerous  as drunk driving. Such a mindset is intoxicated by  aggressive advertisements that want to reduce us to  callous animated cartoon like characters who cannot feel  the pain of a victim of hit-and-run accident.

So, along with strict implementation of Motor Vehicle  Act and the ban on bars and the vending of liquor within  500 meters from the national and state highways, to  censor such advertisements is also a must to make our  roads free and easy sans reckless clowns.

Sujit De, Kolkata

Traffic discipline 

a must

Is the Goa government really interested in curbing road  accidents and road death? Is the Goa Government and Goa  Police competent? Their reaction and exercise display  total ignorance on the causes of accidents.

To prevent deaths on the roads, one has to prevent  accidents first. Reports in the press state that police  drive on Highways following Tuesday's meeting, booked  most for not using helmets. Do helmets prevent  accidents? Helmets will only prevent head injury to an  extent after an accident. Cancel licenc

es of those unaware of traffic Rules. RTO need to  themselves have knowledge of traffic rules and be strict  in the issuance of licences. Most women riders on two-  wheeler are least bothered about other road users and  ride anyside of the road and turn without any concern.  There is total lack of traffic discipline and only  correcting and instilling traffic discipline can prevent  accidents to a large extent.

Dr. Ferdinando dos Reis Falcão, Margao

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