pereira, joint commissioner (traffic), delhi police, on the ongoing
promotional campaign of the times of india and the delhi traffic
police. what was the idea behind this promotional campaign?
to start with, i must say that the efforts of the media at improving
the condition of traffic in delhi merit appreciation. it is important
that the public and public-related agencies join hands, pool in
their resources and help frame solutions for traffic-related problems
countrywide. as of now, we have barely touched the tip of the
iceberg as regards creating awareness about traffic rules —
we still have to go a long way in educating people. and this is
where the ongoing promotional campaign will prove beneficial.
how do you propose to familiarise people with traffic
rules through this promotional campaign? we have drawn
up a list of road rules which both vehicle-drivers and pedestrians
should be familiar with. a common error committed on the road
involves driving around roundabouts. very few people are aware
of the fact that one must stop if a vehicle is already present
on the right side of a roundabout. traffic-wise, which
areas demand immediate attention? i believe that the
major problem stems from all concerned — be it road-users
or managers— showing no interest in traffic conditions.
then, there is no single agency which can be held accountable
for deaths on the road. besides, when driving licences are issued,
applicants are never apprised of what qualifies as right of way.
we need to work towards establishing necessary infrastructure
and educating people. as regards traffic-related hazards,
what kind of story do figures tell? each year, roughly
80,000 people lose their lives to road accidents. this figure
makes for the death toll of a large-scale natural disaster. but
road accidents can be avoided. in delhi alone, around 12,000 to
15,000 persons are prosecuted or issued notices on a daily basis
for violation of traffic rules. is there a solution to
this problem? there is nothing such as the ultimate solution.
all we can do is sustain our wholehearted efforts. the public
needs to be aware of traffic rules and observe road-safety measures
with a lot more seriousness.
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