Traffic Accidents in Haryana Ц The Scant Regard for Rules and Administrative Failure
10th September 2014
In spite of its overall industrial progress and technological achievements there are certain areas where Haryana is still lacking. One of these areas is traffic rules or rather the adherence to the same. Judging by the number of road accidents that happen over here, one can say that there is scant regard for traffic rules over here and the authority, which includes the government of Haryana, too has been unable to implement the same in a proper way. On an average 27 to 30 road accidents happen every day in various parts of this North Indian state. As per statistics, at least 4700 people lost their lives in road accidents in 2010 and one feels that the number may have only gone up this time around. The urban areas are one where majority of these accidents take place as opposed to the rural areas. Gurgaon leads the way with 459 deaths in 2010. In the urban areas a disturbing trend of violating traffic rules has been noted especially among the youth. However, no strict rules have been enacted by the government to counter these nor has it come up with any measure to empower the traffic authorities to stop these miscreants.Sonepat, a village, is another place that sees a fair share of road accidents. In 2010, 342 people passed away owing to road accidents in this region. In June and July 2011, almost 50 people passed away owing to road accidents in Haryana. The NH-73 at Yamunanagar has proven to be a particularly dangerous area with 13 people losing their lives in 2011 owing to head-on collisions. Jhajjar is also known to be one area where plenty of accidents keep happening and the same thing can be said about Hisar.Considering the fact that these are rural areas, it is perhaps the responsibility of the government to educate these people about the traffic rules and make them understand the importance of obeying the same. Unfortunately, no such step has been taken so far.Data has also revealed that the number of traffic accidents, including death, taking place in Haryana is around 11,000 per year. The state traffic police have done a study where it has been shown that large vehicles such as trucks, tempos, buses, vans, and lorries have been the ones contributing more to the deadly traffic accidents in this state. In the same study it has also been shown that men die more often on the road than women do in Haryana. This shows a greater lack of understanding and respect for traffic regulations among the men in the state.In most of the traffic accidents Ц which include both the non-fatal and the fatal ones Ц 80 percent men either lose their lives or sustain grievous injuries. The 3 hours between 6 pm and 9 pm see maximum accidents followed by the period between 3 and 6 pm. November and December are the months when most accidents happen as opposed to January when such incidents are at their minimum.While the police have stated that the numbers of road accidents are decreasing, its assertion that the numbers are not worth worrying yet might not cut much mustard in the end. Thousands of people are either dying or losing their lives and yet the authority is of the opinion that it is not alarming enough! This only betrays the absolute lack of respect that these officials and the government, by extension, have for the lives of common people. While it is true that the common people themselves are to be blamed, the government cannot be completely absolved of its responsibility in this case.It is strange that the state government is not taking help from European countries or the US as far as for the better management of its traffic and the highways, where most of the accidents take place. Similarly, the fact that most of the traffic accidents in the state happen in the rush hours between 3 pm to 9 pm suggests that the officials in question are either incompetent or not empowered to prevent the accidents. The government needs to take the right steps in this direction by either bringing in other personnel or provide more and better training to its traffic policemen and women. The appointment also needs to be made in a way so that only the best are selected for such a crucial responsibility. Either way, a change is in order and it needs to be made sooner rather than later for the betterment of the state.