Driving at night risky for the young
DELHI: When five youngsters went out on Saturday night, they never
thought their joyride would end in hospital. Two of them were
killed and three injured as they appeared to have rammed into
a speeding truck on the Gurgaon road.
more youngsters take to the wheel late at night, many are falling
prey to the nocturnal menace of heavy vehicles criss-crossing
the city. Parents worry about their children, but some are not
able to keep them in check.
Extension resident Romila Chadha says she doesn’t allow
her 18-year-old son to drive. ‘‘There is no question
of letting him drive until we are confident of his driving skills,’’
she said. Chadha says parents must play a crucial role to keep
a check on their children who want to go out. ‘‘The
kids might complain about lack of privacy, but one should always
send them with a driver,’’ she says.
commissioner of police (traffic), Maxwell Pereira, however, feels
it is difficult to keep a tab on youngsters. ‘‘If
I think of myself as a parent, itis very difficult to keep them
under check,’’ he says.
of these youngsters learn the basics of driving from their friends
and uncles instead of driving schools, and are hardly equipped
enough skills to handle the difficult conditions at night.
encourage sensible driving, we encourage student groups to put
across the message of safety on the road,’’ Pereira
VRU is one such university group which campaigned against rash
and drunken driving recently. Says Chadha, ‘‘As a
parent, I do feel that these young people should keep away from
alcohol.’’ Says Prince Singhal, head of an anti-drunken
driving group in the city, ‘‘We have been campaigning
amongst the young and trendy lot to go for mocktails, instead
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