In India, the majority of people lacks the driving ethics and that is why the ratio of accidents are very high in our country. The very basic practices like wearing helmets while riding the two wheelers and fastening the seat belts while driving seems to be too much of a hassle for many of us. According to the sources, traffic police issues challans more for these violations than that of the serious ones. In one of the recent studies carried out by the SaveLife nonprofit organization, 47 percent people have agreed to receive the calls on their mobile phones while driving.
This is one of the most shocking revelations made by the people in the sample survey carried out by the SaveLife team. According to them, around 20 percent people have agreed to have had near miss situation due to the speaking over the phone while driving. That is pretty huge figure keeping in mind the population of India. The respondents include the two wheeler, three wheelers, four wheeler and a Bus and the truck drivers who cause the most number of accidents on the roads.
This is one of the unique studies carried out on the people’s driving habits and surprisingly it has received the huge amount of response from the people and almost everyone had acknowledged of using the mobile phones while driving which is a risk for life.
The survey revealed that around 17 people die every hour on Indian roads and the cost of road crash to India is whooping Rs. 4.07 lakh crores. The sources revealed that around 46 children die every day on Indian roads which are very tragic. Most of the theses road accidents occur due to use negligence and rash driving while the use of mobile phones contributes to it, said the sources.
Although it is not that only the negligence causes 100% accidents but the factors like bad road conditions clubbed with the user behavior causes the major accidents on the roads in India. The survey has been carried out by an independent, non-profit organization SaveLIFE along with international research agency Kantar Public had sampled 1749 drivers in eight cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, xand Bengaluru. The respondents include two-wheelers, three-wheelers, four-wheelers and truck/bus drivers.
Out of these respondents, the survey says, 47 percent admit to receiving calls while driving. The study also reveals that 34 percent of all respondents tend to apply sudden brakes when talking on the phone while driving, while 20 percent of respondents admit to having had near-miss situations or having experienced road crash due to using mobile phones while driving. 96 per cent of people spoken to, tend to feel unsafe as passengers if the driver was using the mobile phone while driving. The report titled ‘Distracted Driving in India: A Study on Mobile Phone Usage, Pattern, and Behaviour’ was released by P Balaji, Director External Affairs, Regulatory & CSR, Vodafone India and Saji Cherian, Director, Operations, SaveLIFE Foundation.
The above study could work out as an eye opener for people who repeatedly violates the traffic rules. It is not that we purposely do not follow the traffic rules but it sometimes becomes the habit which is difficult to change. Sometimes we are not even aware that we are violating the rules until untoward incidents take place. please do share your valuable feedback and suggestions on this issue.
NEWS SOURCE: TIMES OF INDIA
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