We Indians always complain about the traffic and how difficult it is to drive in India. But, have you ever tried to figure out the reason behind it? No one will realize, but the only reason for these problems are ‘Us’. Yes, we are all responsible for all the traffic problems.
Not following the traffic rules results in a fine and sometimes even sending to the jail. But this photo of a policeman standing with his hands folded in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh in front of a man on a motorcycle with four of his family members riding extra-seat went viral on social media.
The incident took place when the Circle Inspector B Shubh Kumar of Anantapur’s Madakasira Circle, who was going to work, saw the man, K Hanumantharayudu, on a bike with his two sons sitting on the fuel tank, his wife behind him and a relative on edge of the seat.
“I had just finished a one-and-half hour program on road safety awareness in which that man was also present. My mind went blank when I saw the five of them riding so dangerously and all I could do was fold my hands in total resignation, helplessness, and frustration. I asked him to think of the safety of his family as he did not have a minimum sense of responsibility towards them.
As the two kids were sitting on the fuel tank, he had little room to maneuver because their legs were stuck to the handlebar. Accidents happen like that only. When I confronted him, he just smiled back at me and murmured something,’’ Shubh Kumar said.
The CI also said the person was a repeat offender and he had warned him many times before.
“He also did not wear a helmet and none of his family members too had one. This also puts others on the road at risk. He was totally unconcerned about the danger,” said a fuming Shubh Kumar, who along with five sub-inspectors have been conducting road safety programs in the Madakasira area.
“This is a remote area and traffic awareness among people is very low. We have been conducting such programs for the past four months by showing videos of road safety, the importance of wearing helmets, perils of overloading, how accidents happen etc. We also show interviews with family members who have lost their loved ones in accidents and how their lives have changed. But some people just don’t care. It is frustrating sometimes,” he said.
We believe if everyone understands the responsibility and follows the rules we can avoid unnecessary traffic jams, accidents. Yes, it starts with ‘ME & YOU’. No more ‘Chalta Hai’ attitudes, start learning and stop complaining that ‘India ka Kuch Nahi Ho Sakta.’