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  • Zainab Salih

Indian School, al Ghubra
Most people think that locking themselves indoors, in order to stay safe, is the only solution. But that doesn’t prevent any accidents from taking place. Practically half the fatal accidents which take place happen on the roads. Road accidents have been and always will continue to be one of the greatest health/life hazards. Statistically, it has been shown that the number of deaths and injuries due to road accidents has steadily increased during the past five years. In order to prevent such incidents special safety measures must be followed, which most people tend to ignore.

A child is killed in an accident every three minutes due to the negligence of the driver. Negligence of road safety is increasingly becoming a major killer and a worldwide concern, particularly for young people. But the main question to pose is, “Whose fault is it?” “Is it the drivers’ or the pedestrians’ fault?” But the fact is both are equally to blame. While driving or crossing the street, one should always be cautious and aware of what’s happening around. Drivers must at all times, abide by the safety regulations of the road and most importantly stick to the speed limits, and take full responsibility for themselves and their actions at all times.

Not only the drivers but each person must always take full responsibility of every action and become a socially ‘Aware and Responsible’ citizen. The government is also in charge of making the country a safe place to live and drive in. They should ensure that there is proper maintenance of infrastructure. The impediments such as pot holes, branches or obstructions on roads, etc… should be removed so that roads will be made safer to a significant degree.

The media has been a largely overlooked factor in creating road safety awareness. They convey the message that safe driving isn’t “COOL” driving. This is mostly followed by the adolescents. They tend to ignore all the safety rules. For them driving with a seatbelt or a helmet is considered seriously unfashionable for them and turning the roads and highways into race tracks have always been their dream which proves to be fatal in the end.

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