It is reported – over 1,37,000 people were killed in road accidents in India in year 2013. On an average 16 under age kids die on Indian roads daily . Almost one death every minute in India .
Why do so many people die in road accidents? What could be the reason?
There could be many reason:
- Drink and Drive
- Road-Rage or Rash driving
- Increased traffic but smaller roads
- Under age driver without license
- many more …
Lets focus on the 4th point – Under age driver (Kid) without license. Increasingly, I have on several occasions noticed young kids driving two wheelers in the neighbourhood either to get a small chore job done or to go for tutions/coaching classes or even school.
Furthermore, I have even seen parents feeling proud to declare their son who is still a kid can drive. So much so that they even allow their kids to drive on the road by sitting behind as a pillion rider!
In the olden days (80s to 90s), things were different. There were hardly any vehicles on road and if at all, we would allow kids to drive in a safety zone (ground/back yard/etc.). Not every household could afford a two wheeler even.
Today things are different. In year 2012, there were totally 11,54,19,000 (11.5 Crore) two wheelers in India . Everyone now owns at least one if not two. Roads are filled with two wheelers and with many newbie drivers.
My sincere request to parents is to think twice before you give your lad/lass permission to drive your two wheeler without a driving license.
Can you guarantee their Safety?
If something happens,
You do not get a second chance. You will repent for your entire Life!
Get them off these dangerous roads today. Do it now!
2 Comments Add yours
Agree ! But then,
Don’t we see properly licensed ‘idiots’ every day on the roads and wonder how on earth do these people get one anyway ? Our country has failed miserably on the RTO front….
A long long time ago, and even now in some states, learning license is given at 16…how is the life and routine of 16 year old different from any other anywhere else in the same country ? Why not the same law everywhere and implemented honestly with proper training and testing ? It would have exposed the youngsters to the law early on and inculcated a sense of responsibility in them right from the start ? If they see corruption, they will never respect the law again ever in their lives.
Where are the public transport facilities or the dedicated cycle tracks for young people to use as they start out busy phases of college and stuff…?
Why then do all schools, colleges and institutions NOT provide dedicated transportation to their students for ALL their scheduled activities, which they themselves have planned ?
The need to drive begins at 16 in a serious way ….even in the west, car licenses are given out at 16….but their roads and systems are a different story altogether… So not giving out licenses is never going to succeed.
Let us think of how can we get them on the roads and yet keep them safe…no shortcuts… The state has to shoulder the responsibility and commit to proper infrastructure.
Points to ponder on…
I totally agree. Our Indian system has failed us. Your points are completely valid. However, we cannot ignore the looming danger of having in your words – “properly licensed idiots on the roads”. It is purely circumstantial and under the situation we should look at how we can safeguard our kids. Of course the system has failed us. The change has begun but it will take some time to get there before the roads are safe again!