August 13, 2017

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Save lives by driving Safe

  • Khin Maung Oo
  • Nearly every day, printed media reports accidents and casualties due to motor vehicles and motor cycles which cannot control speed. Likewise, accidents which are happening across the world claim lots of lives almost always. Hence, it became a matter which the United Nations itself took notice. Thus the United Nations designated a week called the “Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, 2017”from May 8 to May 14.
    In launching the campaign for road safety week this year, warnings have been made regarding over-speed driving of motor vehicles and motor cycles, and the theme is “Save lives by driving safe.” In addition, educative talks will be conducted. Over-speed driving is the key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries.
    With the control of over-speed driving, rates of accidents and deaths and casualties can be reduced.
    According to data collected by the WHO (World Health Organization), around one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries and up to half in low- and-middle-income countries have been attributed to over-speed driving. When accidents happening across the world have been compared to each other, death toll rates in low-income countries are found to be higher than those in high-income-countries.
    In our country, there were 15306 cases of motor vehicle accidents in 2015 and 4233 death cases resulted from these accidents. In the previous year as well, there were over 12000 cases of car accidents and death tolls amounted to 3500 cases or so and about 19000 injuries, during a 9 month-period from the advent of the year to September.
    The main cause of these car accidents was found to be careless driving and over-speeding. Therefore, provided that driving at high speed can be effectively controlled, the above-said accidents, casualties and injuries can surely be reduced to a considerable extent. The World Health Organization has called for upgrading roads, constructing roads of high-quality and renovating them nearly always, making arrangements for cars to drive on roads in safe and controlled ways and taking actions against those who violate traffic rules effectively and sharing knowledge on road safety.
    Small notices hung in cars saying, “Your family is waiting for you to come back home,” reminds us of keeping awareness. In fact, the moment we get into buses, we entrust our lives to drivers. So, let us keep the motto: “Save lives by driving safe.”

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