Parents of accident victims worst sufferers
September 14, 2018 was a very heart-rending day for Shoolinians when we lost one of our student, Karan Sivach, in a tragic road accident. In a similar accident two young Shoolini University students went into the jaws of death in the previous semester.
September 14, 2018 was a very heart-rending day for Shoolinians when we lost one of our student, Karan Sivach, in a tragic road accident. In a similar accident two young Shoolini University students went into the jaws of death in the previous semester. The boys were barely in their twenties. Their parents, family members and friends were shattered and inconsolable on learning that their most precious sons were no more. In both the accidents the reasons were identical - riding two wheeler motorcycles without helmets and apparently driving fast. Severe head injuries occurred and death was instantaneous or nearly instantaneous. We in the University felt very helpless and except for deeply regretting their death there was little we could do. The University held condolence meeting on September 18, 2018 where the Vice Chancellor having read out condolence message and observing two minutes of silence to pray for the soul of Karan Sivach, appealed to students to use helmet and not to drive rashly, especially since the road is full of sharp curves and pot holes. Through this article I intend to appeal to the conscience of our youth to think of the consequences of fast and rash driving as also not wearing helmets on two wheelers.
As per a recent research, approximately 1,40,000 lives are lost due to accidents every year in India. Collectively the overall loss due to road accidents amount to 3 per cent of GDP (nearly Rs 1 lakh crore). One human loses his life due to road accidents in every four minutes in our country. These may sound mere statistics but what about the massive loss to the parents and friends of the accident victims. No amount of money can bring back to life, the one who has gone. Imagine the plight of the mothers of such accident victims. I was in the hospital, trying to console the mother of the student who had lost his life in the earlier accident this year. She was crying and was so hysterical that we feared for her. It was as if she had lost a part of her life. So why must we not take a conscious decision and vow that “come what may I will not lose my life in stupid accident; my life is much more precious than the thrill that I get for an instant by driving fast. And I need to keep myself protected by using the equipment which is meant to be used while driving on roads - a helmet for two wheelers and seat belt in a four wheeler, even if I am a pillion rider or am sitting in the co-driver’s or rear seat of a four wheeler vehicle.”
Everyone is by and large, aware of the reasons that can end in fatality in an accident some of these are: fast and rash driving, driving under the influence of liquor or drugs, not wearing helmet in two wheeler - both the riders and the pillion, not putting on seat belt in a four wheeler riding, riding three passengers on a two wheeler, travelling on roof tops of buses, jumping red lights, overtaking from wrong side, changing lanes, not keeping the vehicle road - fit i.e. incorrect tyres pressure, not checking technical aspects of the vehicle such as brakes, steering, lights etc, Non adherence to road etiquette/manners, tackling curves at fast speed, driving fast on wet roads, keeping headlights on full and not dipping when a vehicle is approaching from opposite side, not following road safety rules etc. Shoolini University authorities are highly concerned about the safety of the students and staff. While the law enforcement authorities will do their job we appeal to the students to think of their own lives and also of the despair of parents who have nurtured and nourished their sons and daughters and who have dreams to see them grow into handsome and beautiful young men and young ladies, but lose them in accidents. The life will be full of joys and happiness ahead so why should we not live to enjoy this life instead of losing it in accidents.
* The writer is Director, Operations at Shoolini University