e are losing a generation now in the fatal road accidents of two wheelers. Day in and day out there is a disturbing news of accident in our valley. These accidents have created a sense of insecurity mostly among those who’s young ones are riding the two wheelers. The trend in road traffic accident injuries and deaths is becoming alarming hence these accidents have emerged as an important public health issue which needs the due attention.
The young generation is very fond of bike riding and that is why in Kashmir a normal middle class family owns a two wheeler. The bike riders as long as limit themselves to the fixed boundaries of speed and safety measures they are safe and sound. Once these riders negate the boundaries and try to be oversmart, they are invading the danger line hence this over smartness kills them. There is a rising trend of dangerous stunts and these riders are at the forefront in these fatal stunts. The craze of DP contests, the DP Status, FB story, DSLR Camera images etc etc among the teenagers and college students has added fuel to this burning issue.
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These young guys must keep this in mind that their life does not belong to them only, there are other shareholders and stakeholders like parents, siblings, parental relations , maternal relations besides the teachers and the society at large. It is not easy for a civilized society to lose the young one’s. A lot is being invested in terms of love, care, education, healthcare, infrastructure etc on the new generation and the young ones without recognising anything kills themselves just for fun.
The need of the hour is to prevent and reduce this public health catastrophe then only we can aspire for a vibrant society. In order to tackle this we must take in to consideration a multi- disciplinary approach like;
• The young generation needs socialization- the Awearness about the value of life, the disadvantages of accidents and the importance of community and cooperative life.
• The strict implementation of traffic rules. The department needs upgradation and more man power. Besides collecting the fine the department needs to have the resources to prevent the over speed, rough driving, unethical stunts and unnecessary roaming of road Romeo’s.
• The scientific engineering measures too needs the attention like the lane driving, road maintenance, the speed control, use of helmet, improving visibility, appropriate headlights and road lightings.
Hope the rider’s will be more cautious and careful while riding the bikes so that the precious live may not be wasted.
(Masood Ali Mir is a freelancer and a social activist and can be mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org)