Road Safety and You

Accidents happen everyday, everywhere, all the time. Sometimes it may cause insignificant damage and sometimes it can be fatal. Isn’t this what all of us are taught? But somehow I feel we forgot to pen down the effects it may have on the onlookers. The shock wave that hits us the moment we realize what if it had been me or worse – my family?

The numbness which death can leave on anyone, is indescribable. Death with all its unpredictability and suddenness can be both calming as well as chaotic. The scene which I happened to witness today is probably a good example.

I cannot describe exactly what I felt, but there was definitely a sorry feeling for the old guy who lay limp on the road, a loath-cum-pity feeling for the guy who felt attending his office meeting and catching a signal was probably more important than letting an old man cross the road in his bicycle. I am not going to debate on who was responsible for this incident, but I am sure there was either a lack of safety or a rush to the head which resulted in this fatal mishap.

I’ve seen a lot of people complain when I tell them to follow some basic traffic safety norms – like stop at the red light (at least do not honk from behind), wear the seat-belt (or helmet). I am always more amazed at the response – wearing helmet only makes me sweat more/ spoils my hair, the buckle of the seat-belt is unreachable etc. A hire-a-day driver I knew never wore his seat-belt, not until he had witnessed one fatal accident too many. That’s how people learn their lessons; sadly there always needs to be a victim to drive the point home!

I am not trying to say I am always one hundred percent right. I am probably equally guilty of breaking a few basic rules myself – speeding for one, overtaking in a corner for another. So I am not going to preach now. I am pondering… Looking back, at some of the silly things I did behind the wheel on the pretext of venting my anger or taking a quick call, I realize now, how lucky I’ve been – not to get into bad situations!

I can see a little bit better as to how fleeting this life can be. A person’s hard-work, commitment and knowledge will all amount to nothing in front of the laws of Physics (or Biology)! Someone’s love and life, some family’s bread winner can be taken away in that split moment when you feel that sudden adrenaline rush to accelerate or probably duck for a moment to answer a quick text.

I normally don’t do this, but if you are still trying to make some sense out of whatever I have mentioned above, go ahead and watch this gut-wrenching video mash-up (mostly commercials). In case you are wondering if this post is yet another sermon on traffic safety, I say why not?

We’re probably only safe as long as the other drivers out there respect traffic and road safety as well! Consider this post as a pebble thrown in the pond. Maybe my words will come to your mind in the right time and help save a life! Who knows? You can never be too sure when you don’t know if you are riding the beast or the beast is riding in you!

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