Learning to drive is something many youngsters can’t wait to do. In a freak accident that occurred at C T Naik High School, Curchorem-Goa on Sunday morning, a Hyundai car driven by a 23-year-old boy, hit against 15 parked two-wheelers knocking them down one after the other. None was injured, though the car and the two-wheelers were badly damaged. Read the full report here.
Curchorem police said the owner of the car, Dattaraj Padiyar from Maina, Quepem, had given his car to one of his relatives to drive so as to enable him to reach the examination center at C T Naik High School, Curchorem, in time on Sunday morning. The written exam was for recruitment in a government department. This person, accompanied by his friend, parked the car outside the school premises and went to answer his exams, leaving the car in the custody of his 23-year old friend.
The friend, who seemingly didn’t know driving, got behind the wheels and meddled with the ignition keys that led to the car get into motion and onto the road. Panic-stricken, he tried to stop the car but instead the vehicle gained momentum and began knocking down all the parked two-wheelers that came in its way before coming to a halt.
Police, who were seated in a jeep outside the examination center, haplessly watched the drama unfold as the nervous 23-year old boy claimed he had no knowledge of driving and was “just trying to remove the ignition key.”
At the end of the day, it all comes down to the parents or legal guardians of these teenage and youth drivers. They need to make sure to not only teach their children who want to practice driving but also practice the proper driving techniques every day. Teens and youths will learn from a very young age the correct manner in which they should handle themselves on the roadways. If they spent their formative years learning and observing safe driving techniques, then they would be more likely to do so themselves.