Road are not well informed with the markings and signals. Line markings are not printed on all roads. Traffic signals are used for spiting and littering. Road barriers and other equipments are seen dwindling here and there on the roads.
About one lakh Indians are killed in road accidents:-
Nearly One lakh people are killed in road accidents in the country in one year and millions of people are getting injured every year. According the statistics of National Crime Record Bureau of Ministry of Home, Government of India, 105725 people were killed in road accidents in India, during 2006. Andhra Pradesh accounted for maximum deaths.
With 130,000 deaths last year, India tops in the number of people killed in road accidents, surpassing China’s 90,000. And, most of these deaths occurred due to bad road designs and lack of proper traffic management systems to separate different streams of traffic.
Indian roads are the deadliest roads in the world. People break rules and have no fear. If caught also then will be released by giving money to traffic police. Pedestrians cross roads whether there are zebra crossings or not. People’s lives are so cheaper that no one helps a wounded in accident, and loses his/her life. No one wants to be in trouble and that’s the reason people don’t help wounded. When we will understand that each person’s life is very important and if we save anyone we should be proud on ourselves.
Accident injures 45 in Orissa:-
At least 45 persons were injured when the bus in which they were travelling skidded off the road near Maneswar, about 10 km from here today, police said. After the mishap, fear-stricken passengers managed to alight from the Rourkela-bound private bus which had tilted dangerously by the side of the road, the police said. Most of the occupants received minor injuries under the impact of the accident which occurred in the small hours.
The injured were given first aid and none was hospitalized.
Road rage accused arrested:-
A 22-year-old man was arrested in the city for allegedly slapping an elderly woman and dragging her after she advised him to drive cautiously, police said today. The arrested youth has been identified as Ashu, who works in a security company in Gurgaon and resides in Peeragarhi, a senior police official said. He was caught from his residence. Ashu allegedly slapped and dragged 57-year-old Kiran Anand, who is reportedly suffering from cancer, on Saturday evening in Paschim Vihar. She was riding pillion with daughter Anisha on a two-wheeler when Ashu”s speeding car suddenly stopped near them at a traffic signal in Paschim Vihar. Kiran advised the youth not to drive rashly and that such an act would land him in trouble as well endanger lives of others. Ashu got out of his car and allegedly slapped Kiran before dragging her for some distance. “Ashu held her by neck and dragged her for about 20 metres. She has suffered head and elbow injuries,” the official said.
If the thrill of riding in a metal cbin with no doors, no seat belts and no airbags on treacherous Indian roads doesn’t scare you, then the auto-wallah’s driving skills definitely will! Riding an auto rickshaw is a bit like riding a roller coaster except you stay firmly on the ground with no definite track.
Even though auto rickshaws are said have a top-speed of around 50 km/h (about 31 mph), it definitely doesn’t seem like it and I doubt it’s true especially when you’re zipping past cars and bikes at much higher speeds leaving them in a cloud of smoke. You can sometimes feel the G-forces pulling you as the auto-wallah makes a tight turn. They’re driven the way you would a bumper car at a carnival.
They zig-zag and weave through traffic unafraid of bigger vehicles or pedestrians and are notorious for playing chicken by driving on the wrong side of the road with oncoming traffic. And just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, if the gap between two cars or buses in front of you is seemingly impossible to fit into…think again! The auto wallah will surprise you by daringly maneuvering their rickshaw into the tightest imaginable spaces in traffic. So much so that you can literally touch the vehicle beside you by sicking out a finger!
All said and done not all auto-wallah’s are terrible and drive like there’s no tomorrow. In fact the auto-wallah is probably the best guides in town, so Rickshaws are a great way of seeing a new city. In traffic their best bet to getting you to your destination the quickest. While the Journey may be rough, the destination is always reached.