The statistics of road accidents in India is devilishly alarming. Nearly 1,214 road crashes occur daily, and amidst this, there are sixteen children, who are never able to return to their mothers every day. Most of these casualties involve children aging between 5 to 14 years.
Road safety as such is a crucial issue, and it is the duty of parents to enlighten their children about how they must adhere to traffic rules and signs while walking on the road.
Road Safety Day/Week
In major metro cities of India, every year, an entire week is dedicated to the careful observation of road safety measures. Transport departments of different states give slogans, put up posters and distribute leaflets in schools and colleges to create awareness regarding road safety throughout the week.
Why is Road Safety Important
To Prevent Accidents
Many of us have a habit of running across roads, disregarding traffic signals that often results in pathetic accidents. By knowing and practicing pedestrian rules, we can at least make sure of remaining unhurt.
To Make our Children Responsible
When young, children generally imbibe everything that they see. Consequently, if they are taught how they should behave or walk on the road at an early age, they develop a positive behavior and attitude that helps them to avoid accidents in the long run. After all, they are the future of the world.
Tips on Safety Rules and Regulations on the Roads of India
Measures for When Walking on the Road
Learn the Traffic Signals
We should know that red signal means “stop,” green goes for, “go,” and yellow symbolizes “slow down” for, by following these signals appropriately, we can ward off dangerous mishaps on road.
Stop, Look and Cross
In case there are no signals or pedestrian crossings, it is imperative that we should look to their right, then left to check if any vehicle is coming, wait and eventually cross a road. We also must never cross during traffic jams.
Listen Carefully and Don’t Rush
Many times, children leave their parent’s hands to run to the other side of a road and thus invite unprecedented disasters. Even adults commit the same mistake. We should never do so, and learn how to respond to horns and other engine sounds so as to become aware of an approaching vehicle.
Always Use Zebra Crossings and Sidewalks
We must know the significance of zebra crossings and should make a habit of using them while crossing a road. Also, we should employ sidewalks for walking.
Never Play on Roads
Children should abstain from playing on roads or pavements for, in running behind their toy or ball, they may become unfortunate victims of severe calamities.
Measures for When Driving or Travelling in a Vehicle
Be Cautious While Driving
Not only walking but while driving too, we must rigidly follow certain rules like wearing seat belts, maintaining a safe distance from another vehicle and not over-speeding, so as to ensure that no accidents occur on road.
Be Aware of Traffic Signs and Symbols
There are three types of road safety signs – mandatory, cautionary and informatory that enlightens us about the condition of a road ahead and instructs us what we need to do at relevant junctions and crossroads. By being conscious of these signs, we can affirm of not running into problems.
Refrain From Sticking Hands Outside Vehicles
While going in a school bus, children must never hang their hands or heads outside windows, for they can get hit by vehicles coming from the opposite side.
A death constitutes the greatest irreparable loss and generates a void that can never fill up. And when it happens due to a moment of carelessness on the street, there is no consoling the grief. Hence, conscious efforts should be taken by everyone so that each one of us, after going out, can return safely.