Institute Road Safety Measures

Institute Road Safety Measures

Against the backdrop of fatal road accidents in Jammu and Kashmir which have, this year itself, consumed sixty nine lives and left scores injured, maimed or disabled in many ways, it is in the nature of an imperative to develop, institute and implement measures of a kind that prevents accidents of this nature. It is not enough to merely issue condemnatory or/and declamatory statements plus some compensation monies. The former is largely rhetorical and the latter cannot and will not compensate for any life lost. What is important is to actually devise a holistic set of measures that are preventative in nature- that is, those which save lives. From a general perspective, a pattern can be discerned over the nature and precipitating catalysts of these accidents. It is from this peculiar pattern that a set of measures must be crafted, keeping in mind both idiosyncratic and generic causes of these accidents. But, ultimately, what matters is not merely conceptual and academic constructions or measures to deal with fatal accidents, but their actual implantation and execution. It is in these domains that usually the administration falters or even fails. And, therefore, it is the implementation and execution aspects of the measures-both putative and extant- that need to be tightened up. This can be done through and by multiple and cross cutting layers of accountability, monitoring and oversight plus removal of indecorous practices like corruption and negligence, on both the supply and demand sides of the equation. All this holds a salience and resonance in provision of transport for school children who are vulnerable at a range of levels. School children, especially the younger ones need special care and attention while being transported to either their schools or homes. But, in the final analysis, unless and until those who drive buses, are not domain experts, so to speak and do not go the extra yard in terms of safe and secure driving, most measures will fall flat. It is then important to take recourse to effective, safe and secure driving practices to render roads free from accidents. Lives are precious; these cannot and must be treated as such and not squandered and left to issues and vagaries that are actually preventable. Let a resolve then be made and our roads, in all kinds and sorts of terrains and driving thereof be made safe and secure.