Death, brain damage, broken bones and lots more. These are some of the consequences of road accident across the world. Sometimes the fault is ours, sometimes of others, but if anyone gets into a road accident, it’s not a road to quick recovery if you live. Recently, one of my friends was a victim of a road accident and is now recovering from a broken leg, stitches on hand and scratches across the body. Hopefully, he didn’t have much damage to vital organs which if happened would have been a tragic state. There are a lot more road accidents around the world than we could imagine. So, let’s get knowledgeable about some statistics and road safety measures around the globe so that we can make safer roads at least from our side.
Lets first see the statistics from around the globe which will throw some light onto why safety on road is important. Each day 3287 people die on average in road crashes and 1.3 million people in a year. This is just the people who die. Many are left injured and even disabled and their count reached up to 20-50 million per year. Having told so, distracted driving is said to be the most topped reason for the cause of road mishappenings. People are getting more and more casual with driving and find it cool to use the phone while driving. Every day we see on snapchat, at least half of our contacts their upload stories while driving and playing their favorite song or any song which would make their story look cool. This cool and casual attitude while driving is now the top reason for road crashes and accidents. After distracted driving, comes overspeeding. Ignoring speed limits until we see someone wearing traffic uniform is another cool for our young generation. And due to this, they not only risk their lives but also of the people who are driving alongside them. Drunk driving, reckless driving, teenage drivers, drug-influenced driving, the reasons are more than I can list but the point is that sometimes even we ourselves ignore the reasons and go on driving, which must never happen.
Lets now look into some actions taken from various countries which have helped them in reducing these statistics and in making their roads much safer. Sweden knew that they can’t change the thinking and behaviour of their citizens, so they invested their efforts on changing and designing a better system of roads which included the change in format of roads and other effective measures. Their most effective rule is 2+1 which helped in controlling overspeeding and overtaking. Singapore uses technology to help make roads safer for everyone. They use ‘Your speed sings’ which are real-time calculator of the speed of any vehicle. Along with that, they use ‘advanced warning lights’ that give details of upcoming traffic to the driver. A rule from Switzerland which every country should follow is that they have made laws that make people sitting in a drunk driver’s car also liable to lose their licenses. In Japan, anyone who is found drinking and driving can face jail terms up to 15 years. Lastly, in Norway, they have made mandatory to turn on headlights every time whether its day or night, which helps spot that car if something bad is about to happen.
We all know the rules of traffic and road safety but the fact is that it’s the consequences that make people follow them. Above mentioned countries are very strict for the follow of road safety rules and under no circumstance can leave anyone who is found guilty. This strictness has made their roads safer and this strictness is appreciated and quoted around the globe so that other countries can learn from them.
Bottom-line is that it’s us, individuals that can make the road safer because changing the habits and behaviour of each and every citizen and making them follow the rule is out of control even if all the governments come together. The first solution to road accidents is if every citizen abides by rules and follows them. Another solution which is common nowadays is quotes and slogans which are not only placed on roads but also on social media. We see that various departments work on social media also and take action if they find someone guilty. If the road safety is not taken care of, it would be the fifth reason for deaths by 2030. So, follow rules and be safe because normal speed meets every need.