Accidents and the Police..!

The Supreme Court felt a few years ago that the two years imprisonment now meted out for causing death due to rash driving is ‘grossly inadequate’. I agree, but would like to define what the police believe is rash and negligent driving, and what actually happens on the road when an accident takes place.

Since I have been driving most of my life, I’ve seen my share of accidents and have also been involved in one, where I had to face police and court, through no fault of mine.

According to the law, roads are meant for driving and certain designated spots like pedestrian crossings, subways and over-bridges are meant for pedestrians to cross.

But where do pedestrians actually cross?

For a driver, it is not the other car or truck he has to avoid, but the hundreds of men and women who keep crossing in front of him all the time, all over our country.

More than the motorist, the pedestrian thinks he owns the road.

Come with me to any country outside our Indian sub-continent, you will hardly see a single person walking or crossing the road. Who regulates this? The police.

Sadly, if the police and government have no will to regulate people from using roads meant for traffic, shouldn’t it be the government that should be taken to task?

Shouldn’t the learned judges be asking the government why they are not safe guarding citizens? Shouldn’t the government be answerable for not clearing pavements for people to walk on, and not implementing they cross only at certain points?

Rash and negligent driving! Yes, I condemn such drivers, but how fast can you drive ‘rashly’ with a road full of people?

When a child slips into a well, or is drowned in a river, who is blamed? The parents of course, for not keeping their child from the well or dangerous river. In the same way, the government and police are like our parents, their job is to protect and safeguard us from danger, and have to continually regulate and discipline us to keep away from the dangerous road and traffic.

But does the police do that? Does the government do that?

How convenient to blame the motorist all the time, when my first question would be, what was that man or woman doing on the road?

When someone is run over on a railway line, is the railways blamed? Never. They actually fine the dead man’s family for trespassing.

So dear judges of the Supreme Court, who are above everybody, penalize the government, deal harshly with the police for not doing their work, and only when proved beyond doubt the motorist was actually driving rashly and negligently, then and only then punish him..!


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4 thoughts on “Accidents and the Police..!”

  1. In India it is really sad that the motorist is always blamed as you have rightly mentioned. In case a two wheeler and a bicycle those days were involved in an accident the FIR was lodged with ‘cooked up’ violations against the bigger vehicle always. More Insurance benefits came with bigger vehicles which apparently benefitted the victims. So the policemen were trained to file FIR by default, blaming the bigger motorists. Perhaps this is still the reason why the motorists are blamed and not the pedestrians. But the law has to be fair and ask why the police do not prevent pedestrians from straying on the roads as you have pointed out.

  2. 1. People should also be educated to cross at designated spots like zebra crossings only.
    2. We should also have Pelican lights. This is for request to cross. Means at every road crossings, there is a button provided on each Red light. This light is pressed and it turns Green for Pedestrians immediately and Red for vehicles.

  3. People should be careful for their safety. To save time many people don’t bother for the rules. In crowded areas wrong parking are also responsible. Damaged roads also contribute. Over speed is mainly responsible. God help people.

  4. One day my dad happened to notice me crossing on a highway where there was no zebra crossing. He took me to task. I was teaching my students to walk on the pavement,cross only at the zebra crossing and spit in the washbasin at home.

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