ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Roadside Blues

For drivers on the roads of the capital, the Delhi Traffic Police’s new-found zeal in enforcing traffic rules is creating more harassment than relief.

Over the last few months, drivers on Delhi roads would have noticed some unusually alert traffic cops standing just after major intersections. An innocent driver might be relieved that this is surely an indicator that the Delhi Traffic Police is finally living up to its motto “With You, For You, Always.” However, the reality is, as usual, a little more complex.

Sometime ago, the Supreme Court of India appointed a Committee on Road Safety under the chairmanship of Justice K S Radhakrishnan. The committee came up with some very sensible and stringent measures to make Indian roads safer. The recommendations of the committee were clear and would go a long way in decreasing the accident rate in the country, which currently is amongst the worst in the world. According to the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015, compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 2,00,000 people lost their lives in road accidents and the estimated loss to the gross domestic product (GDP) due to road traffic crashes was about 3%. These are horrific numbers and any steps to reduce them would be more than welcome.

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