The number of deaths on the road is staggering. Each year, hundreds die as a
result of traffic accidents. Many a time, these accidents could have been
prevented if both the drivers and pedestrians had taken more care on the road.
One of the greatest dangers on the road are the irresponsible drivers. Whether
they are drunk, sleepy or in a hurry, they show little consideration for other
vehicles and pedestrians whose safety is in peril just because they refuse to be
more thoughtful. The greatest threat comes from drunk drivers. After all, it is
not unknown that alcohol dulls one's reactions as well as vision. Without both
in tip-top condition, choosing to drive is an act of terrible
willfulness. Many fatal accidents have
occurred during festive seasons. The traffic police have taken the pains to
plant roadblocks to ensure that drivers do not have high levels of alcohol in
their blood as well as put up posters and advertisements to warn against drink
driving. Yet, many still choose to believe that they will not be caught.
Other drivers who are in a hurry also show little care for the safety of
others. They zigzag in and out of traffic lanes to get ahead of everyone else,
oblivious to the menace that they are. This
could result in fatal accidents as the drivers have little time and inclination
to react to flaws in their judgment, which could be something as simple as
assuming that the road ahead is clear in the next lane. When an obstruction
suddenly appears before them, they instinctively swerve the car away, sometimes
into the car next to them or onto the pavement where innocent pedestrians are.
When they are finally sorry for being so careless, it is almost always too late.
Faulty traffic lights are also a hazard on the road. When green lights flash
simultaneously at a cross-junction, accidents can occur as drivers are confused
by them and end up in a messy pile-up. Also, drivers who are cautious tend to
adopt a wait-and-see attitude because they are not sure if the lights are really
not working. As a result, the drivers behind in the congestion become impatient
and angry, which could lead to lots of honking and shouting. This could result
in unpleasant flare-ups and quarrels.
Pedestrians themselves can be hazardous to safety on the road. Many of them
do not obey traffic signs and signals, choosing to cross the road as and when
they please. Rather than walking fifty meters to the pedestrian crossing, many
prefer to take their chances with the heavy traffic. They fail to realize that
the pedestrian crossing was there for the sole purpose of ensuring their own
safety. Others choose not to walk on the designated pavements but on the roads
instead. This causes problems to drivers who find themselves having to 'invade'
the next lane temporarily or even stop hastily. Many accidents have been caused
by such inconsiderate pedestrians.
Thus, it is clear that road accidents are caused more often than not by human
errors. It is important that both the drivers and pedestrians take care to
ensure their own safety as well as that of others to minimize the dangers on the
"highway of death," as roads are commonly dubbed.