Prevent road accidents 

According to the official data, three persons get killed and twenty-five sustain injuries in road accidents on a daily basis in our state. Shockingly 3595 persons have lost their lives in 19,444 road accidents during the past three years. During the same period 28,246 persons sustained injuries. The data further reveals that in the year 2010, a total of 6142 accident cases were registered, claiming 1029 lives besides leaving 8945 injured. Moreover during 2011, a total of 6665 accidents were reported claiming 1140 lives and injuring 10,092 persons, while in year 2012, a total of 6637 cases were reported, claimed 1426 lives and injuring 9209. The data makes clear that the road accidents have claimed more lives than militarised violence in  the state, especially in the past three years. The traffic police  blame it on rash driving, overloading and violation of other traffic  rules for the accidents.  Most of the road accident victims are  college and school going youth on  bikes, who seldom reduce their speed  even on a stretch of bad road. How do school going kids acquire  driving license first is a question that needs to be answered. Second,  why do policemen allow them to drive on roads? A top official of the  concerned department while expressing his helplessness sought  cooperation from the civil society to curb the growing menace. It has  been reliably learnt that driving licenses are easily available in the  RTO office in lieu of some consideration. This has to be checked.  Licenses should be issued to persons who qualify the criterion fixed  by the experts. And before issuing licenses, the candidate must be  made aware of traffic rules. This must be followed by a total ban on  purchase of new vehicles for five years. Thanks to car loans offered  by the banks, owning a car has now become very easy. The increasing  number of vehicles on the state roads is in no way an indicator of  development. It reflects the shortcomings in the government policy.  Unless the state has the roads to cater to the growing traffic, the  purchase of new vehicles should be banned.  Yes, the traffic police  alone cannot do much. All have to rise to the occasion to save  precious lives. The civil society has a vital role to play. It can  raise its voice against overloading and parking of vehicles on busy  roads.  The concerned department also needs to upgrade its  infrastructure. By installing cameras at various places, over speeding  and other traffic violations can be checked to a great extent. This is  how the developed countries regulate the traffic. The primitive tools  cannot make the roads safe. There has to be some modernization and up  gradation of the system.