Do you have a Road Safety Week on every year in your place?

@Sreekala (22199)
India
January 19, 2011 2:32am CST
Dear friends, We celebrated the 22nd Road Safety week from 1-7 January, 2011. I have seen so many banners in road which are telling the drivers about the, must do rules, and tips for a safe drive. Government asking to respect the pedestrians too by stopping on Zebra crossing (here the sub-ways and over bridges are there for crossing road but some places we should depend on Zebra crossing). I am not sure whether the Road Safety week celebration is enough to lower the accidents in road. I think it an attempt to spread awareness among public by the government. It is appreciated especially every day many people die on road accidents. Is your government make sure about the safety in road? Do you think it is important to celebrate the ‘safety week’ and which can make any difference in the attitude of people? What are your tips to reduce the accidents in road? Please share about whatever your concern on the safety measures and accidents in road.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
19 Jan 11
We do have volunteers here everywhere to guide the people about road rules. The pedestrians are very careless at times and many times I hate myself for being so irresponsible. The volunteers are doing great job this month and even the semi-urban places they have covered, which is just great. And as you have said, it's important that we become aware to reduce road traffic accidents. We all should do our bits.
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
19 Jan 11
Hello Mimpi, How are you dear? You were so busy? Nice to see you back here in mylot. Somebody told me that Mumbai is doing much better than Delhi incase of traffic rules. They never allow lane changing whenever you think so the flow of traffic is good in that place. I have never visited Mumbai but had an aerial view in last December. I traveled through Mumbai in train too but never had an opportunity travel on road. Here I have seen the personnel are more careful if there is any special occasion, for e.g., on New Year eve two personnel were there instead of one in road to control the traffic in each bus stop. Normally nobody seen….. Thank you so much Mimpi, have a nice time always
@thanks1961 (7049)
• India
19 Jan 11
Hi dear, Yes, we do. I remember, when I was in a bus, I saw about 20-30 college students sanding near the roads holding the message of OBSEVE ROAD SAFETY and there were some officials also alongiwth them. We need to do the same and also have to observe accordingly. But it limits only in few places and most of the people are not aware of the same. In fact even I come to know from the news papers of the same day and I come to know that those students were part of the road safety week celebrations. Sad to say that it only concentrate along with the organizers only. We have to observe the safety measure in all respects. All the rules with regard to roads to be implemented and it is practically impossible while considering the number of vehicles and major road maintains works are in progress. Especially, where there are more traffics and population and vehicles on the road, it become more severe. Again, cities like Mumbai and major metro Politian cities, should be a morale for the same and many things can be done for road safety. However, after implementing advance road safety and signal systems in the metros have reduced the number of accidents and the civic conscious also much in control and people are cooperate and very alerted in this regards, especially in Mumbai. But the pathetic situation is that it limits only certain places and the major road net work is not well maintained everywhere. Some roads are just like rivers and mud yard at the time of rainy seasons. Also, many of the NH47, NH14s were not maintained properly and road accidents are too much in remote places. Depend on the area and nature of the earth, different methods to be used and civic consciousness is important. Thank-s
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
19 Jan 11
Hello thanks, I agree, the celebration is limited among the officials and those students who may represent their college for supporting the government. The main culprit is violations of rules. In Mumbai, I heard that rules are stricter than Delhi. Private buses are always blamed in Delhi for killing people and government is almost successful to ban the private buses in road. Now only limited buses are running which may also stop their services by the end of January. In my opinion, the drivers who are in road should obey the traffic rules and respect other passengers. It can do wonders but sadly nobody has the time for others and the ‘ego’ never allows them to do compromises in road. Thank you so much for sharing your views. Have a nice day.
• India
19 Jan 11
Hello, You are right. Assuming that such mass initiatives are mandatory. Mainly because, now the time has changed each and every day, things are getting changed. Earlier, some developments takes placed with 2-3 years and where as now it comes within 3-6 months. So, all sectors has its own improvements and developments radically and it started reflecting in our society. Comparatively, the number of vehicles on the roads has increased almost double within 3 years, and we can assume that still so many would come within 3-5 years and the roads will every occupy with vehicles. Also, out of the city areas, the vehicles are allowed only specified speeds and most of the vehicles runs with its maximum speed and which make chances for additional accidents at any time. Also, travelling at night times make more accident chances as the drivers may drunk or less sleep. Heavy vehicles on the high ways that are running inter-state transports meet so much of accidents at various places like hill sides, crossings, bridge areas and even in city areas also. Driver’s carelessness and inexperienced drivers also may lead to it. The other worst aspect is the competition among the bus drivers. I am not sure that you know the problems in Kerala. There are private and government owned buses and they are on the roads. The private buses have their competition and on the roads they make a lots of rule breaks and completion in running, overtaking, etc make a lots of accidents cases were reported. Now, the speed breakers and other systems were adopted within the vehicles. Still, while they are on the outer side, they will not take care of anything and major accidents and such things are common. It only self realization is the only solution to come out of it. As a governing authority, they cannot check or control each and every cases individually. So, common people should cooperate for the same and everyone’s contribution can make a major difference and this the way we need to achieve our common goals with cooperation and understanding. Thanks for your nice topic. Thank-s
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
19 Jan 11
The numbers of vehicles are increasing in day by day and the condition of road is not good in Kerala. I know very much about the situation in Kerala, over speeding is the number one problem secondly the bad conditions in road, thirdly there are many curves in roads and an over speeding vehicle can’t avoid the accidents in curves. Here in Delhi the roads are good now (Thanks to the Common Wealth Games). I have seen the roads in Kerala, my goodness, it will be better if it calls as canals or pools.(lol) and the competition in this road will definitely lead to accidents.
• Pamplona, Spain
19 Jan 11
Hiya sreekala, Think that the speed that the Cars are allowed to circulate in the City and outskirts should be reduced as Children and Women and Mothers are all at risk here. If they were made to go slower they might be able to appreciate what the Pedestrian suffers when trying to cross the Road. Cars should be forced to indicate which direction they are going to as they are not doing it at all really. Also for the Drivers not to try and force the Pedestrian to cross the Road much quicker so he can get moving faster again. Just a few observations that´s all. Take care now.xxx
@Sreekala (22199)
• India
21 Jan 11
Hi angel, Yes, they should respect the pedestrians too. Many times I felt they are thinking that the pedestrians don’t have any right to use the road, drivers are cursing them and saying ‘use the over bridge which is far away, the crossing line for pedestrians is there and people are crossing, you see the same then why can’t you stop for a minute. Once the drivers said this infront of a traffic personnel and personnel told him to shut the mouth and wait there. Thank you so much and have a nice weekend.
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• Pamplona, Spain
21 Jan 11
Hiya sreekala, Yes they should be much more patient. Why don´t they use the Bridge that is a long way off too then. Aha I bet they would not. Four Wheels sometimes gives power to those kind of Drivers and they do not want to stop for anyone. I like what the Traffic Personnel said to the man perhaps he was going to tell him off in front of everyone. We all have a right to use the Road and the Crossings and they should learn that they also are Pedestrians at some time or another. See how they would feel if somebody did the same back to them. Have a nice weekend too Sree.
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
25 Jan 11
They want to think about their convenience only, which is the main problem in road. Thank you so much angel, have a nice day to you.
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• India
20 Jan 11
there is no need of awareness programs in my view,because every one now the rules of road safety,the government instead should take the actions on important measures in the road safety,and even the individual person should think about the road safety then the road accidents will be zero. the drivers should take care of himself and then go to the speed traveling. reasons are 1)government should issue the driving license to persons who are eligible,it is easy to get any type of license without any test or exam on the applicant in india. 2)in the reasons of accidents the quality of road will also take a major role. 3)in many of highways of india there are no road dividers. 4)drink and driving is another main reason for accidents. 5)in driving a heavy vehicle the experience plays a role on highway. if the above reasons are avoided then the most of accidents will be out of reach.
@Sreekala (22199)
• India
25 Jan 11
Hello bikerider, Your use name is apt for the topic. I agree with your points, the road should be fit, and the driver should own a valid driving license. I knew how people are getting driving license, many of them are getting through agents and never go for a test. Drink and drive is usual seen in the night and heavy vehicles are allowed after 11 pm and drivers are very rude due to drunk and they hit mercilessly many bike riders and never stop the vehicle. I think every individual should consider it as their responsibility to avoid the accident cases in road.
• India
25 Jan 11
without that the accidents will not stop
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
25 Jan 11
True
@akp100 (13289)
• India
19 Jan 11
Hi Sreekala I am hearing about such week first time.. Well I live in city.. And here all people mostly break traffic signals due to hurry.. This cause many problems to other people and some times it also ended in minor or major accident. So traffic signal must be follow to avoid them.
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@akp100 (13289)
• India
19 Jan 11
Yes that slogan is quite true.. Persona may be an excellent driver but due to other's mistakes worse situation can arise. Thats a really good step to put such slogans and other boards on roads. This is surely a positive and good step to avoid accidents.. Thanks for the info.
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
20 Jan 11
You are welcome Anand
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
19 Jan 11
Hello Sreekala. Well there are signs here as well, but they keep them up anytime, we don't have a specific period dedicated to road safety. The signs mostly include warnings rather then tips - like don't drink and drive, or Life has priority !
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
19 Jan 11
Hello elitess, Thank you so much for the quick response. What about the rate of accidents in your place, it is increasing or decreasing. Once again thanks, and happy to interact with you after a long time.
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
19 Jan 11
Same here :) About the rate of accidents, well it depends on the season - winter and snow, or rainy days may increase the number of accidents, but i am sure this is something common in all places, not just here. i am trying to catch up with all my friends, i am more then halfway complete, but i just need to find more time (and inspiration for the rest left) For now i am answering the new topics, and with time i will get to the old ones as well :) hugs
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
19 Jan 11
I agree the weather is also playing an important role for causing accidents. In winter the poor visibility is the main problem here, I hope the snow fall is making a nuisance in some places. I am glad to know that you are trying to catch up with your friends. I know it is very difficult to go through the flow after a break in mylot. Have a nice time.
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• India
5 Mar 11
Hi Sree During this period i was in Hyderabad, i saw it observed there, in my city Sambalpur also they observe it every year, i think it is is a show business more or less, one can get a driving licence through 'dalals' easily, without entering to any driving test, many don't know about the road sign even, due to this accidents occurr every day.. Thanks for sharing Cheers. God bless you, have a nice day ahead. Professor ‘Bhuwan’. .
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
5 Mar 11
Hello Sir, I agree with you, many are getting their driving license without learning the same. It adds the accident rates. Nobody can change the situation, it is a sad truth indeed.
@chaitra001 (3278)
• Bangalore, India
26 Jan 11
Hi Sree.. here also we have that week.. but as I observed it doesnt make any difference.. Until and unless we common people take initiative to follow those things nothing can be helpful though government assumes whatever day to celebrate this things..
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
27 Jan 11
Hi dear, True dear, there won't be any difference. The government wanted to show off as they are doing something to make sure about the safety of people in road. The drivers should take care of themselves and do take care of their fellow traveler too, then something will be possible. But sadly many are not bothered about the others and seem to be selfish. Thank you so much and have a nice time. Take care.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
26 Jan 11
Yeah Sreekala, Road Safety Week would be held yearly before to raise the consciousness of road users to use the road correctly and courtesy. Hoping this could help to reduce the rate of road accidence. Nowadays such activity is launched yearly for elementary pupils to take part in the nationwide road safety competition. Pupils are taught to use the road safely and courtesy. It's nice to let kids to learn road sign, regulation, the do and the don't when using road. There are mini driving area with all kinds of road furniture available in towns to let the pupils to practise practically and to participate in the driving competition To reduce deaths over the festive period certain measures are compulsory, one of those is heavy vehicles like tracks are not allowed to move on the express highway on certain days before or during the festival to prevent undesired accidents happen. For there are countless of people travelling or residing in places far away from home to rush back to their hometown to celebrate the festival together with their respective families. This is to enable all the traffics to move smoothly and safely on the express way Happy posting and take care.
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
27 Jan 11
Hi dear, How are you According to your opinion a road safety week celebration is good, that is what I understand from your reply. Spreading awareness among students and take part by them in the competition is good. I think the students are learning about the rules in road from the play school. It is nice to teach the kids good things but they are watching the adults and more chances are there to imitate the adults than making practicable what they learnt in lessons. Thank you so much for your reply. Take care and have an excellent time.
@aprilsong (1886)
• China
20 Jan 11
Hi, i am not sure about other places of my country. But i know clear the situation in my company. Here, every christmas is the last day of a year to judge the work of safety. If in the past year, there is no accident in the company. We will receive our "safety bonus". Of course, if there has been accident, then we will lose the bonus. So it is an important day, and at the 12pm that day, if everything is ok, there will be fireworks to celebrate.
@Sreekala (22199)
• India
25 Jan 11
Hello aprilsong, That is great, to give 'safety bonus' to encourage people to avoid accidents. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice time.
@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
20 Jan 11
Dear Sree, Here too there are lots of road safety signs. It is pity that lot of people die every day in those road accidents. May be if all of them could had able to go according to the safety rules lots of changes could have occured. Moreover those good road with all safety measures are most needed in our place. Here it is like driving in a jungle with lots of gutters, during raining season it is horrible. If any remedy is asked each department blames others, finally the people on the road are suffers. May be a better road with all safety sides taken and vehicles especially those public transportation should be allowed to enter only with all those safety measures assured to passengers. They should use well advanced technology in road safety it is matter of life. A special Central Department particularly and specifically for development of road safety should be formed. A parallel authority for monitoring these departments functions should be strictly followed. Periodical training on well advanced safety measures should be implemented. But I feel this is India - Mera Bharath Mahan. These are just dreams may be these dreams may come true only in dreams.
@Sreekala (22199)
• India
25 Jan 11
Hello Sham, You know what I felt after reading your opinion, instead of celebrating the ‘road safety week’ in Kerala the government should take immediate steps to make the road fit for travel. I think it will be help in a great way to avoid or reduce the accidents. This is the first step they should take in the time of celebration of a road safety week. I agree the heavy rain have an important role in destroying the road upto certain extent. This year the state received more rain than expected. The government should consider this aspect too when doing road maintenance and give strict instructions to the contractors too.
@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
20 Jan 11
Hi Sree! How are you doing? I think there is no harm in earmarking a particular week as 'Road Safety week'. It helps spread the awareness among the people. People should be reminded of traffic and driving rules, while driving on roads and spreading information in this manner proves useful. Even if there is reduction in 10% accidents through such campaigns, I think, these must be held at regular intervals. I take all the precautions (including giving perference to pedestrains) while driving my vehicle on the road.
@Sreekala (22199)
• India
25 Jan 11
Hello Deepak, I am fine. Have I said that celebrating road safety week is harmful? I don't think. But I said that I am not sure about the ‘usefulness’. Spreading awareness is good. Good to know that you are always taking precaution and giving importance to pedestrians too. Thank you so much and have a nice day.
@salonga (27994)
• Philippines
19 Jan 11
I like that Road Safety Week you are talking about. I think that should be celebrated in every country and I think if possible every week is a Road Safety Week so as to avoid so much road accidents. It has been really alarming to note that many innocent lives have been taken by road accidents.
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
25 Jan 11
Hi salonga, Yes, innocents and they may be the only breadwinner in the family. Two months ago a 21 year old boy killed in road and he was the only breadwinner in his family. After leaving home for work on his bike, within five minutes he got killed in road, just imagine the members of his family. Life is really uncertain.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
19 Jan 11
Hi kala, Just like any other govt. sponsored program "Road Safety Week" also more for formality and less for the practicality. Have not we been holding this program for about five years? And what is the traffic rules? They are there just like any other thing lies. In India New Delhi and other metropolitan cities traffic rule is followed to some extent but in the city like Aligarh and others thee is no such measures. I saw three or four guys on a single bike and they drive and ride so rash that you have to be very careful lest you should break your bone.
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
21 Jan 11
Hello Rajib, I agree the programs are for just a formality, not doing anything practically. In Delhi it is not better either. I agree more personnel are seen in road but violations are still going on. The private buses were the worst, now the government is banned major percentage of private buses and going to ban completely from the road by end of this month. Have a nice weekend.
@dragon54u (31604)
• United States
19 Jan 11
My main tip about safe travel is--get off the phone and drive!! We have a lot of accidents involving drivers who were texting or talking on their cell phone at the time. My second would be--slow down, you won't really get there any faster and you may not get there at all if you're in such a hurry. Really, what is so important that you would risk your life and maybe that of others?! We probably have a road safety awareness week here but I don't know about it. We have so many of that type of event, it seems like every week and certainly every month has a theme. It's so common that many people, like me, don't pay any attention to theme weeks or months.
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@Sreekala (22199)
• India
20 Jan 11
Hi dear, Certainly, mobile phones are making many accidents. Avoiding the same on drive is a very simple thing but the benefit is really great. Sadly people are taking it very easily. Regarding the speed, in cities they are forcing to go slow due the traffic block but in villages the buses are running on competitive spirit and accidents are very common. Take care and have a nice day to you
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
19 Jan 11
Discipline and strict observance of rules would go some way in thsi SHree. THe topic of accidnet itself makes me shudder; my brother passed away in an accident 34 years ago but the painful memories are still there in mind.
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