Highway accidents are common all over the world. With the advent of wider and smoother highways and speedier cars and motorcycles, highway speeds have increased significantly in most industrial countries. One of the principal reasons is that with the burgeoning vehicle population all over the world, the road use time must be drastically cut in order to permit a much larger number of vehicles to use the available highway space. As a result most advanced countries have been obliged to actually encourage higher speeds of driving on highways. One can well imagine what would happen if advanced countries were to countence people driving at speeds of 40 mph or less. There would be huge traffic srls on all highways for hours together and not just during peak hours. However, the tacit understanding is that higher speeds on highways are being permitted because the administration has taken the responsibility of maintaining wider, smoother and safer roads very seriously. Advanced countries have also made driving tests very rigid to ensure that only capable and responsible drivers use the highways. What is certainly very saddening is that there should be so many deaths due to highway accidents in Assam and the Northeast. According to a recent report ‘Road Accidents in India 2016’ released by the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Assam has recorded the highest number of 7,435 road accidents in the Northeast in 2016. The report reveals that out of 480,652 road accidents that took place all over the country, claiming 150,785 lives, Assam has recorded the highest number of accidents. As many as 2,572 people lost their lives in road accidents in 2016. The way out of this tragic situation is to ensure that roads are wider, smoother and safer, and that every single driver on our highways has had to go through a rigid driving test to secure a driving licence. The practice of being able to buy driving licences must be immediately brought to an end in order to bring down road accidents drastically.
Tackling Road Accidents