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Drunk driving is a major cause of accidents in India

December 7, 2006

There are many causes of or road accidents ( which are very high in India as compared to other countries) but a major cause is drunken driving.

First let us take a look at some statistics from the website of The Department of Road Transport and Highway, Government of India:

As it says here:

Incidentally, India holds the dubious distinction of registering the highest number of road accidents in the world. According to the experts at the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NTPRC) the number of road accidents in India is three times higher than that prevailing in developed countries. The number of accidents for 1000 vehicles in India is as high as 35 while the figure ranges from 4 to 10 in developed countries.

Drinking and driving
Drunk drivers are more liable to make errors and more liable to get into a rage and drive rashly. Drunk drivers may be excellent drivers otherwise, but It is a proven fact that people’s personalities change when drunk. People get more aggressive. Research in the West has proven this, that drunk drivers exhibit aggressive driving behavior like going too close to the vehicle in front of them and applying more force when breaking. They are also become more reckless, unable to see the consequences of their actions.

We know what happened in young Alistair’s case. He mowed down 12 people on Carter Road a few weeks ago. It turns out that he has a fake licence. The media is making a hue and cry about it. Tell me, do you think that if Alistair had a genuine licence he would have driven more carefully? Or is the problem with his drinking and driving?

So while being strict about issuing licences will put a stop to those who can’t drive properly, it won’t stop drunken or irresponsible drivers.

Update, 8th Dec: A better, more stringent punishment for rash drivers?
The news is that the government is proposing to confiscate the licence of anyone who fails the breath analyser test. That’s good news. Right now the penalty of drunken driving in India is a fine of Rs 2000-3000 and a prison term ranging from six months to two years. However, as conviction takes time, the driver can be back on the road the very next day as it is a bailable offence. In fact, the driving licences of all those who drive recklessly should be confiscated. Even if one kills people on the road one can get bail. And if one is powerful enough, get away without any punishment.

Update on our conviction rates (information from TOI, April 07):
India has one of the highest accident rates but one of the lowest conviction rates. Just take Maharashtra. In 2005, 214 criminal cases were lodged for causing death by negligence by driving, but the conviction rate was only 9 per cent. Court delays make it easy for witnesses to disappear, or hostile. It is easy for the convicted (who are out on bail) to bribe witnesses.

Also, punishment for drunken driving is light. Under the Motor Vehicles Act you get a six month prision sentence or a fine of Rs 2000/- but hardly anyone ever goes to prison as Rs 2000/- is a paltry sum. Interestingly, like many other laws in our country our laws governing drunken driving are ancient. They date back to the nineteenth century! A time where people used to travel by horse driven carriages!

And at times culprits get away when police attempt to charge (in the absence of a suitable law) the driver under the law of “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” (Section 304-II of the Indian Penal Code) but proving this charge is almost impossible as the prosecution has to show that the driver had the “intention” to kill. Our driving laws are antiquated, from the time when there were hardly any cars on the road!

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  1. December 8, 2006 9:31 pm

    It is not a question of laws lacking the teeth. It is the lack of implementation of such laws. One you can’t implement the existing laws, and can’t produce the results, you feel that more strict laws are required. But, the new law also meets the same fate, because there is no implementation. Having seen criminal justice system from close quarters for many years, frankly speaking, I don’t think any breath analyser test will add to any better management of the accidents. There may be the initial euphoria for a few days, but then it is the same old story…! Yes, some more strict laws may mean some more bribes…!

    You are talking of prison sentence for drunken driving. I have seen drivers having killed people through accidents getting away with just fine (and no prison term) even after their convictions!

    Many of the recent publicised accident killings were by celebrities or affluent persons driving after partying till late nights, of course with drinks and all that. A speed machine, a drink and an arrogant affluent person make a deadly combination for the footpath dwellers and pedestrians.

    But, I must say – a good and timely article.

  2. December 9, 2006 3:37 am

    This is a global problem, not just in Mumbai. I live in NJ, where they take drinking laws very seriously, especially related to driving. If there were more organizations like MADD on a global scale, I think it would help.

    And a prison sentence for drunken driving isn’t new here, but that only happens if you have an exceptionally poor record. Most of time time, it’s an obscene amount of money paid in fines, suspension of license and sometimes community service–nothing that helps remedy the actual problem.

  3. January 3, 2007 5:50 am

    Right now I drink, but after readind what this page said, it changed my mind about ever drinking again. TH@NK YOU SO MUCH!

  4. February 6, 2007 10:56 pm

    i lost my best friend back in 2005 Nov, 26 to a damn drunk drivr .

  5. reshmi permalink
    February 21, 2007 12:22 pm

    hey thanx alot for throing light on this very important issue in our country i must say i have done a project on it but i have reaised india has very little drunk driver cases i mean especially in MUMBAI. and i think these few numbers can be made 0 if we really take initiative. so if u kno of sumone who drinks and drives tell him bout what is a possibility and force him to leave it. VALUE LIVE BOTH UR’S AND OTHER’S.

  6. bhasker goud permalink
    May 1, 2007 4:18 pm

    this is very unfortunate that, people knows that drink driving is illegal, still doing the same mistakes,very interesting factor is that most of the drink drivers are well educated. I have done the project on drink driving with interlocj system.Due this interlock system car can notstart if the driver drinks alcohol concentrated liquid which is above desire level.practically it proved that drink driving can be avoided 35%.

  7. Sony Mathew permalink
    July 5, 2007 1:07 am

    Unfortunately, we all seem to be looking at the obvious, and making judgements without looking deep into the problem. We are convinced that ‘driver error’ is the problem: be it drunken driving, or reckless driving or whatever. We tend to think this way because there is a driver involved in every motor accident. We presume he must have been drinking or driving recklessly to have caused (or being involved in) an accident. In most cases of accidents,the FIR prepared by the police attributes it to drunken or reckless driving. The statistics will always show that driver error caused the accident. The government will keep repeating this, and the gullible public will believe it.
    According to most “EXPERTS”, the causes of accidents are:
    1. Overspeeding
    2. Drunken Driving
    3. Reckless driving
    4. Not following traffic rules
    5. Driving without licence
    etc., etc., etc.,
    I have been driving for the past 36 years. I rate myself as an above average driver. I write this on the strength of my experience and expertise as a driver.
    While the above causes may have been correct a few decades back, the situation has changed. If we examine the abovesaid causes closely, we will find that they are not a major cause.
    Overspeeding: This is actually a myth. In India it is almost impossible to speed, let alone OVER speed. Speed is a relative thing. If you are on a highway doing 80 kmph, you are not over speeding. But if you do that in a city, you may be overspeeding. What happens in India is that the highways pass through city centres. A person travelling fast on a highway suddenly finds himself in the middle of a town with milling crowds and heavy traffic. In the first place the Highway should not have passed through a town. Second, the driver should have been sufficiently fore-warned.
    In my opinion the major cause of accidents in India, is the total lack of a traffic system. Once I was driving in the US with a road engineer. When I asked him why they take such great pains in designing their roads, he told me: ” We design our roads in such a way that the least efficient and least intelligent driver can go through our system without a problem”.
    This set me thinking. I decided that if we were to prevent road accidents, we must first define a ‘road accident’. Since I could not find any official definition of a road accident, i decided to define it myself.

    Here’s my definition. ” a road accident is an unanticipated or extraordinary situation in which the distance between a user of the road and another object is reduced to zero or less”.
    Let me explain.
    A ‘user of the road’ : may be a vehicle, or a pedestrian.
    ‘Another object’: The other object could be another vehicle, a pedestrian, an animal on the road, a tree, a telephone or electric post, or the road itself.
    In an ordinary situation a user of the road and the road itself are in contact ie. the tyres or the feet of the user are resting on the road. But if the vehicle were lying on its side it may be an extrordinary situation. Same is the case when the vehicle has crashed into ‘the other object’.
    DISTANCE: this is the key factor. An accident is said to have occured when the DISTANCE between a user of the road and another object is reduced to ZERO or less. The distance is reduced to zero at the point of contact and to less than zero when it ters into the other object.
    Now, if we could devise a system whereby the distance cannot be reduced to zero or less, we would have solved the problem of road accidents!! Its that simple!!
    Now let’s see what are the factors that cause these un-anticipated or extra ordinary situations.
    For this we need to look closely at the various factors involved.
    The user of the road: He is one of the (if not the most) important factors. Our roads are used by :
    1. Pedestrians Speed: 4kmph
    2. Push Carts Speed: 3 kmph
    3. Cyclists Speed: 10 kmph
    4. Auto ricks Speed: 25 kmph
    5. Buses Speed: 35 – 60 kmph
    6. Lorries Speed: 35 – 70 kmph
    7. Scooters Speed: 40- 70 kmph
    8. M. Cycles Speed: 40 – 80 kmph
    9. Motor cars Speed: 40-120 kmph
    All these users use the same space. Add to these the cows, camels, goats, elephants and other animals on our roads. Quite a cocktail, dont you think?
    The purpose: Why are these people or things on the road? They are all there with a purpose. The purpose is to get from Point A to Point B in the fastest ,safest manner possible. No one gets on to the road expecting to kill or maim or be killed or maimed. However, the different speeds and different attitudes of the users causes absolute mayhem on the roads.
    Solution: Separate the different types of users. Provide space for the different types of users. If pedestrians can be taken off the tarmac by providing foot paths, we could prevent roadkill. If sufficient lanes are provided, slower and faster traffic could be separated, allowing free flow of traffic.

    Generally, roads in India are not designed. They just evolve from foot paths to lanes, to streets to roads to high ways. Most of our roads including high ways are narrow ribbons of tarmac, divided (sometimes by a thin line) into two opposing lanes. Vehicles are constantly driving in opposite directions at break neck speed. Even in the same direction, they are going like bullets out of a machine gun: one after the other at extremely high speeds. There is no room to manoeuvre. Absolutely no room for error. In developed countries, roads have several lanes so that this kind of situations do not develop. Roads should offer assiistance to the users by way of proper and sufficient road signs. Different types of roads like, access controlled National Highways for inter-state travel, State High Ways for inter-district travel, Town and country roads for urban and rural transport etc should be developed. We need those roads, and we need them NOW.
    One major factor that has not yet been recognised is the physical and mental make-up of users. A 70 year old person does not have the same reflexes as a 25 year old. A person who is driving long distance has a different attitude from one who is out for an evening stroll. A person who has been driving for 8 hours non-stop is not in the same mental or physical condition as he was when he set out. Persons with varied physical and mental attributes are using the road at the same time. The road system must be designed to cater to all of them. As the american engineer told me: The system must take care of the least efficient and the least intelligent user.
    It is the system that is at fault here not the hapless driver. In fact it is because driversin India are so careful that we have so few accidents, given the conditions that prevail on our roads. The earlier the authorities understand the problem in the right perspective, the better.
    A good road system is not a luxury. It is a NECESSITY. There is no time to lose. Or we’ll all end up as ROADKILL.

  8. assj permalink
    July 7, 2007 9:27 pm

    A lot is usually said about what the problem is, very little is offered in terms of solutions. This site http://driving-india.blogspot.com/ has been created with the purpose of providing driver education and training.

    At present 17 driver education videos aimed at changing the driving culture on Indian roads are available. To watch the videos, please visit: http://driving-india.blogspot.com/

    Please publish this link and help change the driving culture on our roads

    The videos cover the following topics:

    Video 1: Covers the concept of Blind spots
    Video 2: Introduces the principle of Mirrors, Signal and Manoeuvre
    Video 3: At red lights, stop behind the stop line
    Video 4: At red lights there are no free left turns
    Video 5: The Zebra belongs to pedestrians
    Video 6: Tyres and Tarmac (rather than bumper to bumper)
    Video 7: Merging with the Main road
    Video 8: Leaving The Main Road
    Video 9: Never Cut Corners
    Video 10: Show Courtesy on roads
    Video 11: 5 Rules that help deal with Roundabouts
    Video 12: Speed limits, stopping distances, tailgating & 2 seconds rule
    Video 13: Lane discipline and overtaking
    Video 14: Low beam or high beam?
    Video 15: Parallel (reverse parking) made easy
    Video 16: Give the cyclist the respect of a car
    Video 17: Dealing with in-car condensation

    Many thanks,

    Dr Adhiraj Joglekar

  9. Ranga Rao permalink
    August 20, 2007 11:41 am

    I wish to elaborate and agree on one point posted by Sony Mathew on 05 July 2007.

    This is a very important and root cause of many accidents in urban areas.

    I noticed this in Bangalore. When Bangalore real-estate is ready for a boom in 2003 due to IT, as part of Golden Quadrilateral Project connecting North-South, a 6-lane highway was first laid connecting Devanahalli (New international airport of Bangalore) to Bangalore City. Of all the sanctioned road stretches, they choose first to start with the highways on outskirts of cities. This stretch was first laid to facilitate builders lobby (I always believe realestate is a politicians’ private business) to acquire all the land around the highway. Bangalore city administration has nothing to do with this road but they keep allowing high-rise apartments around the highway as soon as it is laid. In fact bangalore city adminsitration gives permission to construct high rise apartments along highways for Bangalore city development. I believe this is the root cause of mixing up of high-way and City Traffic ( a point discussed by Sony Mathew in this column). THe innocent citizens who start living in these new apts will be unfortunate ones getting involved in the high speed traffic related accidents over a span of next 10 to 15 years. Until such time they form a another ring road diverting high way traffic.

    In the developed nations, the urban and highway traffic is never designed for mix up. In fact they single entry and single exit.

    I feel road safety should be incorporated in the design and usage and not fire fighting afterwards.

    In my view a reasonable solution considering our local issues would be to lay the highways atleast 5 km away from any populated place and force cities/towns/villages to connect (by Connecting roads) themsevles to the highways with single entry/exit roads. NO business or inhabitation or road junctions should be allowed forever upto 1km from Connecting Roads.

    This could save the lives of many illiterate villages moving on the roads during day-times in the only road they have in their villages and the residents of outksirts of towns/cities from getting involved in accidents with highway traffic

    Thanks
    Ranga

  10. August 20, 2007 12:09 pm

    Well, all of you have raised very interesting points…but my feeling is…protect ourselves! And therefore whatever that hard and terrible conditions there are today on Indian roads the driver has to ensure that his reflexes are fantastic and he obeys traffic rules, otherwise don’t drive. Just being practical here, because finally if we go up to heavan whats the use of telling God that its their fault?
    And ofcourse we all have to try very hard to convince the govt. to improve the situation.

  11. okonna okoh permalink
    November 2, 2007 7:53 pm

    an informative article.

  12. December 18, 2007 11:31 am

    lets look for something basic…
    in a road accident the majority of causalities happen to pedestrian…
    so the question arises what were pedestrians doing on the middle of the road?
    ans… because there was no footpath….
    in bangalore there is no footpath .. and even if it is there, it will be uneven.. every shop, every house and modified the footpath into a ramp… hence making it impossible for someone to walk on

  13. anu permalink
    December 26, 2007 5:24 pm

    It is a mindblocking case for India. thousands of people are loosing their lives in road accidents. i suggest to paint the headligts with black paint which the government too lack.

  14. Sathya permalink
    April 11, 2008 9:26 pm

    A relative of mine passed away in a road accident that was full and full a lorry driver’s fault. it was a hit and run on a highway. i feel that the laws in place are highly inadequate. I thought of 2 changes
    1.the driving licence must be invoked the 1st time when driver is provn guilty fr an accident by negligent/ drunken driving.
    2. Even after that while he is without a licence if he commits a fatal accident by negligent/drunken driving then he must, under section 302, be sentenced to death for committing murder.
    what are you guys saying abt this??

  15. Sh Hamna permalink
    April 19, 2008 5:05 pm

    No offense, but dont u think its a bit too harsh for an uneducated person who has a driving license but doesnt know even the ABC of raffic rules?The driver is a wrong doer but if u look deeper into it its not thier fault at all.these kind of drivers are most usually uneducated and they come out of their homes just to earn for their wives and children who hardly get a proper meal three times a day.they wont stop and take the credit on them beacause they cant afford to WASTE their time and money.I know this may seem strange but in the above case,theres not much to say!

    this is not what i say, this is what they usually think,belive me and even putting them to death wont help, the one who had to die has died he wont come back if his killer is sentenced to death.because its not his fault that hes not educated ,that hes not taught ABC, that hes too poor to stop and take someone to hospital.
    THIS WAS MY OPINION AND I HOPE YOU DONT MIND IT,IT WAS JUST WHAT I HAVE SEEN AND OBSERVED SO FAR.AND BELEIVE ME THIS IS SOME PART OF TRUTH!

  16. 007 NOBLE permalink
    June 4, 2008 12:30 pm

    Make Roads Safe report
    The Commission for Global Road Safety’s report: Make Roads Safe – a new priority for sustainable development, published in June 2006, made a series of recommendations for improving the international response to global road traffic injuries. Building on the policy platform provided by the seminal 2004 publication from the World Health Organisation and the World Bank, the World Report on road traffic injury prevention, the Make Roads Safe report focused on ways in which funding to road injury prevention could be increased. The main arguments of the report were that road traffic injuries were a major and growing public health epidemic, on the scale of Malaria and TB – according to WHO figures; that the cost to developing countries in human lives and economic loss (estimated at up to $100 billion a year by the World Bank) required urgent attention and that failing to address road safety in the context of development policies (particularly relating to road infrastructure investment) would impede progress towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
    The report set out three key recommendations aimed at increasing political commitment and investment in road safety:
    • a $300 million Action Plan, over ten years, to equip developing countries with the sustainable tools to tackle their own road safety problems and to be able to access multilateral sources of funding for road safety;
    • a requirement that a minimum 10% of all multilateral donor road infrastructure budgets should be allocated to road safety measures;
    • a ministerial level UN summit to chart a course for international cooperation on road traffic injury prevention.
    The Make Roads Safe report was endorsed by an Advisory Board including officials, acting in a personal capacity, from the World Bank, OECD, WHO, Asian Development Bank and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. At the launch, in London, Lord Robertson summarised the findings of the report: ‘to Make Poverty History we must Make Roads Safe’.

  17. 007 NOBLE permalink
    June 4, 2008 12:32 pm

    Make Roads Safe is a global road safety campaign established with the aim of securing political commitment for road traffic injury prevention around the world. The Make Roads Safe campaign recently played a leading role in arguing for and securing the first ever United Nations Ministerial Conference on global road safety, which was approved by the UN General Assembly on 31st March 2008 and will be held in Moscow in late 2009.
    The campaign was launched in June 2006 following the publication of the Make Roads Safe report by the Commission for Global Road Safety. The Commission, chaired by former NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, with members including Michael Schumacher, made recommendations for increasing funding levels for global road safety and argued that the international community was ignoring the scale of road deaths – which World Health Organisation statistics show as ranking alongside Malaria and Tuberculosis in terms of global mortality.
    The Make Roads Safe campaign is coordinated by the FIA Foundation, a road safety NGO, and includes a coalition of public health and road safety organisations as partners. The campaign aims to raise public awareness of the scale of the road injury problem and to present this as a key issue for sustainable development. The Make Roads Safe campaign argues that tackling road injuries is vital for achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals, including targets for child mortality and health and education targets, because of the vital role played by access to roads in delivering these services. The campaign claims that, although the G8 has approved $1.2 billion for new road infrastructure in Africa, only $20 million has been allocated for road safety measures. The campaign argues that at least 10% of this infrastructure budget, and the similar budgets deployed worldwide by the World Bank, regional development banks and other donors, should be dedicated to road safety measures. If this principle was accepted in the case of Africa it would mean $120 million would be available for road safety measures such as safety assessments of road design, enforcement and education strategies. However critics point to the bad environmental and equity record of the same groups in the OECD, giving priority to motorcars over more sustainable and safe forms of transport, like walking, cycling and public transport
    The Make Roads Safe campaign also calls for a $300 million, 10 year, Action Plan for road safety to build the capacity of developing countries to respond to their own road traffic injury problems.

  18. abhishek gupta permalink
    June 17, 2008 12:10 pm

    the information should be in the tabular form ……giving the main causes of accidents …but with complete explanations..

    this should be the first site to be opened …when anyone write accidents in the search engine….
    so i think these things will be taken into aacount…positively..

  19. ANANTH CHELLARAM permalink
    September 2, 2008 1:16 pm

    Much of importance has to be imported into the minds of the common public about the effects of alcohol on the life of every individual

  20. shrikanth permalink
    January 11, 2009 10:58 pm

    hi everybody, ofcousre there are many reasons for accidents like overspeed, durnkness, ignorance of rules, etc, whatever it may be, now there are educated who are using this, so many lost their beloved in these unfortunate accidents,

    there is of no use just sending a comment on this, in india nothing happens by such type of requests r something else, we are very unfortunate for this.. but at the same time we are lucky to know there is nothing impossible to protect ourselves , our constitution provides so..

    so we can achieve our aims through LAW, by so many methods, i am a law final year student, thus if anybody want to do to the people who are living to live peacefully, we can achieve it..

    my aim to see the day on which no accident happens for which many laws can be made,

    I found a instument, thus anybody who want to achieve this can contact me – samanthapudi.srikanth1(at)gmail.com

    lets not stop with theory, lets protect ourselves and others

  21. shrikanth permalink
    January 11, 2009 11:01 pm

    doing something is better than debating it…

  22. A.Ramasamy permalink
    January 20, 2009 7:43 pm

    1)Strict rules and implementation of the laws
    2) the people must realise themselves and respect the laws
    3)good roads and maintanance by the Government

    If the above go perfectly the accidents will be reduced

  23. October 2, 2009 12:44 pm

    Hi my dear friends, youngsters and elders.Thank you for the one’s who sent the reply’s and made me know more about road accidents,it’s causes and about my country[India].As you all said the major causes for the road accidents is annual consumption of wine etc,etc.There is one more point to be noted.It is the confidence of the drivers.The feeling of being confident in more and more challenging situations is experienced as evidence of driving ability,and that proven ability reinforces the feeling of confidence.Confidence feeds itself and grows unchecked until something happens-a near-miss or an accident.So dont be confident or overconfident while driving.Drive safely and lead the happiest life.I am sorry if I have hurt anyone.

  24. October 2, 2009 3:24 pm

    DRUNK DRIVING IS A VERY BAD HABIT.TRY AVOIDING IT.

  25. Pradnya permalink
    February 25, 2010 11:02 pm

    well, m makin a college project on ‘don’t drink and drive’. the information provided here was very helpful so i wish to thank u.
    i have also read that about 40% of the total road accidents happening in India r caused by drunk driving. in other words if we all b a bit more responsible by pledging never to drink n drive and stopping those who might, we together can reduce the no. of road accidents to about half its current number, just imagine that!

  26. sangay permalink
    May 30, 2010 4:42 pm

    hi, thanks for having comments corners on drunk driving. some coments here
    1.need to reinforce the law and public need to adhere to the law and respect it
    2.public must know the disadvantage of drunk driving not only for drivers, but also for the family members behind you where they cannot live and survive without your present and effort
    3. strong political support is must at this situation
    4. issuing of driving license for the new comers need to regulate very strongly and regular check up for the existing ones
    5. using of helmets and other protective attire need s to put into place.

  27. Ashok Aggarwal, Moga permalink
    July 3, 2010 4:52 am

    Most of road accidents happens due to consumption of alcohal by drivers and long driving. and some of them due to our carelessness while taking turns without giving signals and without doing shoulders check. A few of them due to multiple or duplicate licensing in various states and the drivers are instructed to leave away the licnese with fake address to the traffic police so wasting the time of our courts too. Quite a few happens due to overspeeding especially by drivers of private buses to pick up passengers of their competitors say roadways buses. See how a private bus with 4-5 employees per bus can ill afford a government roadways bus with two employees while in developed countries only one employee handles a single bus.

    • voice permalink
      July 22, 2010 8:11 am

      Road accidents can be checked if Government takes preventive measures to check drunk driving by levying heavy penalties in cash with prosecution. It is noted that at night time the traffic police who themselves take alcohal fail to discharge their duty with due diligence resulting in overspeeding and rash driving.

  28. sk.shanawaj shareef permalink
    July 4, 2010 8:37 am

    actually this road accidents happens due issuing of licenses to the persons who even don’t know abc in driving.in these days there is bhoom in auto rikshaws implementing a concept called share auto in which at a time his taking 7to8 & even 9to10 in some cases.as we can obsesrve most of drivers are inexperienced and juveniles who drive so rashly that as if they are racing.

  29. ALBERT permalink
    August 10, 2011 11:59 pm

    iv read abt all de solutions n causes of road accident in india,i learned tht 40% of thm a bcz of drink n drive,thnk u so mch,iv scored my self 78% on my school a project

  30. Ashok Aggarwal permalink
    August 11, 2011 11:45 am

    One such cause of road accident is deep manholes on national highway e.g road approaching Shah Jahan Pur from Seeta Pur in UP where recently our vehicle met with accident due to deep hole on the road.

  31. ankit kumar permalink
    November 7, 2011 9:36 am

    a fantastic job done by nita,and i assure her that she had done an wonderful task.
    thankyou

  32. karuna permalink
    November 21, 2011 2:29 pm

    drunk driving is very bad habbit try avoiding it

    • November 25, 2011 7:54 am

      Yes it is but beside drunk driving ignorance of safe driving at night time, parking of vehicles on main road while taking food from sideby dhaba and non use of dippers at night time are also causes of road accidents.

      Drivers are not literate and no seminar is organised to make them literate is ever organised.

      Issue of multiple driving licenses from different states. Overloading of vehicles. Narrow roads and delay in implementation of widening of highways, non maintenance of roads like national highway 71 in particulars are reasons for accidents in Punjab state.

      Regards

      Ashok Aggarwal
      Moga

  33. ian permalink
    January 12, 2012 9:55 pm

    As a UK citizen and driver in both The UK and India in order to lower the death toll on india roads the powers that be have more to deal with than drink driving The standard and skill of Indian drivers is far substandard to the skills needed in the west to pass a basic driving test In the west. 99% of the time you know what the other driver is going to do because we all stick to the same set of rules If you dont and you are seen by the police you get a heavy fine and points on your licence rich or poor you pay the fine and take the points 4 small offences and you lose your licence for 12 months In the west you are taught to respect other drivers .The horn is only used to warn somebody you are there ie a pedestrian about to step into the road that has not seen you. Not simply I am coming which only aggravates people and causes road rage .once people learn to drive to a set standard they will understand the danger of drink driving and it will not be as big a problem there will still be the hard core few but it will not be acceptable by the majority

    • January 15, 2012 3:44 pm

      Drinking is not main cause of accidents as a resident of Canada I learnt Indian drivers needs education and updation with more road sense. Besides liquor and road sense the roads are not wide enough to accommodate more vehicles on road. Buses owned by private operators do overspeeding and owned by politicians who do not care about rules and laws of nation due to influence of leaders over the police. Lastly drinvers should have minimum education like matric to get licence to drive.

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