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    Condition of Roads in Kerala and the rate of accidents

    Now the world is growing so fats, or we can call it as a Fast World. Nobody got time to think about the consequences. We can see that, even the price of commodities grow so fast. As a result of all these things, we are planning to have a 45m road corridor for the fast traffic. But, one thing we should cosider that the fast world is taking so much lives on the road. Whether it is a Tipper or Bus or Bike, or whatever vehicle it may be, we can see that if the road width is low or if the road condition is poor, they observe a speed with which they can control the vehicle. As the condition of the road gets better or as the road become wider, they observe a speed with which they may loose their vehicle control, to make an accident. A majority of accidents are due to overspeed. And, the accidents and loss of lives are very low in poor roads.

    We should be ready to observe the road rules before going for the better roads. For this, there should be some initiative from the rulers to force the common man to obey the road rules for their own safety.

    There is a rule in motor vehicle act to wear the helmet while driving the bike. 100% people know that it is a must. Still, they are not ready to obey the rule. Why? Even the police and rulers make so much revenue from charging paople for not wearing the helmet. Still they are not wearing. Why ? Some bike travellers turn their vehicle back while they see the police checking. Still, they won't wear it.

    Will the helmet save their life in an accident in our road conditions ?

    What is the use of getting the head intact while the body is in a juicy state ?

    Is the head of the back seater also safe by wearing a helmet by the rider only ?

    Why these judges force the people to wear the helmet ?

    Is the traffic police forcing the people to wear it or trying to make money ?

    Think about the business tactics in this.

    This helmet story is only an example. Don't consider it in a bad sense.
  • #1580
    Ibrahim K A you are surely a asset to this site. The way you are bringing the real issue into focus the days are not far when you will be given highest responsibility of managing this site even.

    Will the helmet save their life in an accident in our road conditions ?
    I do not think helmet can ever save our lives in the present road conditions but do prevent from head injuries.

    What is the use of getting the head intact while the body is in a juicy state ?

    Yes this is the valid point to ponder over. But traffic police feel that if brain and eyes are ok, a person can manage his life with disability in case of accidents.

    Is the head of the back seater also safe by wearing a helmet by the rider only ?

    Yes pillion rider is always the first causality in case of accident and driver wearing helmet does not serve his purpose anyway.

    Why these judges force the people to wear the helmet ?

    Again its issue to ponder over. Judges often ride the car and does not know the difficulty of wearing the helmets.

    Is the traffic police forcing the people to wear it or trying to make money ?

    Its all business. In the garb of this rule traffic police are earning a lot to enforce it.

    K Mohan

    Every drop of water counts... And every word posted here also counts.....

  • #1597
    Ibrahim K A, you have bought up such a wonderful question.The present Helmet rule is just for the police to make extra revenue,if a biker wearing a helmet is runover by a loaded Tipper through the abdomen area ,he will die for sure,at that time there is no point of a helmet.

    Definition of Helmet- It is only a name sake object forced by the Police and Traffic department over the common people for the Police and Traffic cops to earn an Extra revenue.


    Will the helmet save their life in an accident in our road conditions ?
    No,never ,with the present road conditions helmet is nothing.

    What is the use of getting the head intact while the body is in a juicy state ?
    A funny answer from me,no one will see the lower part of the body during funeral ceremonies only the head will be seen outside so thats the use of getting the head intact.

    Is the head of the back seater also safe by wearing a helmet by the rider only ?
    No, it is the not,how can that be ,Helmet is on the head of the biker how come the one seated in the back seat will be safe.

    Why these judges force the people to wear the helmet ?
    Judges have Airconditioned cars with loud sirens ,which creates free way for them.It might be that they may be getting a share from the helmet company owners.

    Is the traffic police forcing the people to wear it or trying to make money ?
    Traffic police isnt forcing the people to wear helmets they are only trying to make money ,if the traffic police had a motive of making the riders wear helmet then they would not have been collecting fines,they would be confiscating the license and temporary cancellation of drivers would also have been imposed.

    Think about the business tactics in this.
    Profit made by the helmet companies,profit made by the police by collecting fines from those who do not have helmets,Profits made by the judges who issue the rules.

  • #1613
    The problems raised relating to road accidents are worth pondering. Under the Kerala condition better road means more accidents! When one finds more space and smooth surface automatically the foot presses the accelerator. This ends up in accident.
    The tipper lorries are the major culprits as per the reports coming in. It is mainly because of the competition existing in that sector. The payment to the lorries are based on the number of loads. Naturally every one rushes to the destination so fast, such that he can come back and take one more load. This continues.

    Helmet using by the two wheelers has become a sort of joke here. Sometimes the officials will insist, sometimes not. Several times orders were issued making the use of helmet compulsory. Once it was made compulsory for both, driver and the pillion seater. later when complaints came from different corners, it was relaxed. Using a helmet protects one from head injury. Chances are more for hitting the head in hard surface, while moving forward. Risk also more if the injury is for head.

    The officials insist on its use occasionally, perhaps corruption may be the root cause. In the past once the order to wear the helmet was issued coinciding with the distribution of helmets by a person related to a minister !

    However our road condition has to be made better in order to avoid accidents. Widening roads further depends on several issues.

    T.M.Sankaran
    Gold Member, SPK


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