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In India the death/injury rate in road crashes is too high and education of drivers and road users is very less. We need to pump in more funds and volunteers for imparting road safety education and road manners to save innumerable loss to human beings and property. Drink driving, use of mobiles, distracted driving, over speeding, underage driving, liberal issue of driving license are few of the reasons of road crashes. Big boost to road safety is requirement of the times by inviting CSR by major vehicle manufacturers and allied industries and the government. I have worked in the department of motor vehicles from 1974-2010 and had been involved at grass root level with road safety. done many projects with GRSP/WHO in RS-10 project in Jalandhar City as a Pilot Project during 2010-12 and have been doing projects with Traffic Police Chandigarh.
With renewed efforts on the parts of ALL stakeholders- road traffic deaths can be reduced to the barest minimum. Spread the message: Speed Kills; the life you save might be yours!
About the use of mobile phone while driving: are there statistics to show what the crash risk is if someone is just holding a conversation with someone in the passenger seat? Is using a hand's free device any more risk than holding a conversation, especially where the driver may instinctively turn towards the other party? We certainly would not ban holding a conversation, or should we? I hope these topics will encourage further discussions.
There is actually a huge difference between using a mobile phone and talking to a passenger and this was clearly shown by research done by TRL (Transport Research Laboratory UK) in 2007 which showed that the use of any mobile, including hands free, resulted in a serious degree of distraction far greater than talking to a passenger. The message is clear - using any mobile is best avoided. If you really must take a call on hands free, make it very short: "I'm driving, I'll call you back when I stop". End of call!
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