It was dark and raining, when I was driving back to home today. As usual the traffic was also slow moving. When I was on the Sarjapur junction’s flyover, I saw a well educated man in his early 40s ( kind of mature age) was happily enjoying whatsapp messages while driving his Hyundai Accent car. As 90% of his focus was on whatsapp messages, he was driving really bad and other drivers around him were facing difficulties as already there was too much of traffic. After noticing him for few minutes I realized that this gentleman will continue to stay glued with his smartphone while driving.
I gently knocked on his window glass and he gave me a weird look. But I knocked again. As he rolled down the glass, I politely told him “Sir, life is more important than whatsapp.”. I was able to sense that I have hurt his ego, but I stayed firm and told him “Please drive responsibly Sir”. When he replied he will take care, I said thank you and moved on.
Road accidents are our own problem and we need to work towards solving it rather than blaming traffic police for all the road accidents.
As we all travel on the roads, we all share the same road and probably the same fate as accident victims. It is just a matter of time when we become the winner of “unlucky draw of an accident”. Why wait for our turn and why not taking a lead to make sure people around us also drive carefully?
When you drive carefully, you can avoid causing an accident. But it does not ensure that you will not become an accident victim because other drivers around you also need to drive responsibly.
While it pained me a lot that even educated folks ignore all the safety norms while driving, what pains me more is that other educated people tend to ignore such bad drivers and thereby making our roads unsafe for travel.
I wish that at least we educated people should commit ourselves to make our roads safer for ourselves and our loved ones.