Saturday, 19 May 2012

Steps for bringing down Road Accidents in India (4)

• Strict enforcement of health of vehicles.
• Periodic eye testing of old aged driving license holders.
• Immediate cancellation of license of drunkard drivers / riders.
• Setting up of Judicial Commissions to monitor steps taken to control road accidents.

• Straightening / Widening of roads, Implementation of one way traffic and construction of medians.
• Footpaths and medians should be made mandatory for important roads.
• Zebra crossings should be provided for pedestrians for safe road crossings at appropriate places.
• Signals for road crossings at important busy places where a large number of people have to cross the road everyday.
• Proper marking of roads and signals.
• Humps should be provided at all important places, accident prone areas.

• Construction, size and shape of the Humps be scientific. All the Contractors of the Public Works / Other departments should be provided with the details of scientific Hump construction.
• Humps should be clearly marked, to avoid accidents. Methods of permanent nature should be followed in Hump marking. For example white marble pieces / white color / fluorescent pigment can be included in the mixture ( if scientifically OK).
• Provision of small pilot humps few meters before humps can also be considered to ensure that humps are not left unnoticed.
• Elimination of obstructions on road sides, caused by unauthorised construction / road side sales.
• Increasing visibility near curvatures. Sometimes even cutting of grass to increase visibility can help save many lives.
• A small pool of water or a hanging branch of tree on roadsides can cause accident, as such obstructions will make the pedestrians / drivers to take sudden LATERAL movement and result in accidents. Hence any obstruction on road sides which can cause a LATERAL movement should be completely rectified timely.
• Periodic review of accident statistics to understand the effect of actions taken. Corrective steps should be taken based on these reviews. 

The above list of suggestions is not exhaustive. Experts in the field will be able to supplement with more valuable suggestions. If you have some suggestions, comment here or 

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