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Respect Life....

Drive Safe

 

Initiative to improve driving behavior, bring social change to improve driving manners, road safety and making people empathetic towards others drivers

 

Speeding, dangerous driving and irregular lane switching are the main reasons for road fatalities

Over 1.41 lakh people died in crashes on roads, 3% more than the number in 2013. The number of people injured is 4.8 lakh - and these are only the recorded fatalities.

Paving the Way to Safer Roads

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With advancements in cell phone technology, distracted driving has been an increasing and misunderstood trend. In fact, findings from a recent NSC public opinion poll indicate 80% of drivers believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone.

Distracted driving, regardless if it's hands-free or handheld, is a dangerous threat to roadway safety.

June 2015: Multi Tasking is a Myth -  Avoid Cell phone distractions

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Tip of this month

Nov 14, 2015: The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR)

 

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected. It is also a Day on which we thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities and countries, and on ways to halt it.

Road deaths and injuries are sudden, violent, traumatic events. Their impact is long-lasting, often permanent. Each year, millions of newly injured and bereaved people from every corner of the world are added to the countless millions who already suffer. The cumulative toll is truly tremendous.

This special Remembrance Day is therefore intended to respond to the great need of road crash victims for public recognition of their loss and suffering. It has also become an important tool for governments and those who work to prevent crashes or respond to the aftermath, as it offers the opportunity to demonstrate the enormous scale and impact of road death and injury and the urgent need for action.

Started in 1995, this year we are celebrating its 20th anniversary of observing the World Day internationally and the 10th anniversary of its adoption by the United Nations.

 All information taken from : http://worlddayofremembrance.org/­

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Jan 31, 2016: Why do people behave discourteous on the roads (random thoughts)

 

The same people who cut lanes and take over others  on the road will not cross the grocery line or the line at the airport.  Why then, they behave differently on roads?

In my view, this is because at grocery lines or airports, people are in close proximity with others, whom they might insult or violate so there is feeling of shame or guilt.  As opposed to when driving in a car, everyone assumes an anonymous identity.  They don't have to face the fingering or infuriated response of fellow drivers whom they are violating. So if we observe, the behavior of each and every person is associated with a sense of "identity",  and we generally take actions that might represent image out of that identity.

How can we use this knowledge to stop some of the behavioral problems on the road

Identify the violators: have traffic police at obvious spots identify and hand instant fines. Make an example out of the violators and promote a sense of obedience among those who are not following the rules.
Correct the  behavior by installing large TV screens to show the tip of the month. Behavior should be reinforced. Adapt a city to make this change. Money can be used from the fines to finance the screens.

Just sharing some of the thoughts, let’s strive to be the change you want to see in the world.

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April 3, 2016: Chennai, India is 2nd in the world in rate of road crash deaths

 

Chennai, Jaipur, Indore and Delhi are among 47 cities across the world to register the highest rate of road fatalities. The latest 'Global Report on Urban Health' released by the UN-Habitat and WHO says the number of persons killed per lakh population in Chennai was the second highest across the major selected cities, at 26.6, next to Fortaleza, the capital of the Brazilian state of Ceara. Jaipur ranked fourth, Indore 16th while Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore occupied 23rd, 24th and 25th positions respectively. Mumbai was in 40th position.

However, the report says progress on road traffic safety is achievable with interventions to reduce speed in urban areas and convenient public transportation. "Today's Chennai could be tomorrow's Stockholm," it says. The Swedish capital reported only 0.7 death per one lakh population. Sweden has set the ambitious target of zero fatality.

Highlighting how cities, which are the hub of economic activities, need to step up to reduce traffic crashes and deaths, the report mentions that currently 26% of road traffic deaths occur among cyclists and pedestrians and in some cities it is as high as 75%. "In a study of road traffic accidents in Indian cities, the research found that pedestrians and bicyclists accounted for at least 44% of road traffic fatalities, but ranged as high as 60% in Mumbai," it said.

The report also mentions how road traffic injuries have emerged as the eighth leading cause of death in the world and they are also the number one killer of people in the age group of 15-29 years. The last road accident report of India in 2014 showed how about 75,000 deaths, which is 54% of the total fatalities on Indian roads, were in the age group of 15 and 35 years.

It projects total number of motorised vehicles to cross 1.6 billion in the next 20 years. "Most of the increase will be in Asian countries, especially China and India. Within countries, as incomes rise, cities tend to sprawl more, while rising incomes for people are associated with increased vehicle travel," the report said.­

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May 15, 2016: Summer Safety 2016 Drive

 

This summer, we plan to take the movement out to the streets by spreading awareness in the neighborhood and community. We will be carrying this out by making posters, informing drivers, speaking to young drivers and distributing car stickers. Will also try to increase the webpage and FB page connections and supporters to 200 in this mission. We hope you can help us in this endeavor by contributing and being a part of it.

 

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June, 2016: Meeting with Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) on Road Safety

 

Sunday June 12, I participated in the Annual meeting of Pediatrics with Indian Academy of Pediatrics. The meeting was for organized by IAP for doctors for presentations on congenital heart disease. I had requested for some time to speak for few minutes on my road safety initiative.

I talked about importance of patience on road, following lane driving and most important I urged everyone to talk their friends, family and specifically young drivers about importance of road safety.

Please speak to your family to practice patience on roads, avoid honking and drive safely.

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16 Lives lost every hour. India's roads proved deadliest in 2014,2015 and again in 2016

Over 1.46 lakh people died in road accidents 5% increase than 2014. Report released by Union Road Transport and Highway Ministry, each day claiming 400 lives

Majority of the victims in the 15-34 age group, Road and Transport report 2015

August, 2016: Share-A-Car, Save Fuel, Reduce Road Congestion - Carpool

 

Saturday Aug 20, All of us at Lotus Valley school had a campain on Carpooling on PTM day. Thanks for great support from the school and all teachers. We talked to visiting parents and several students as well.

Carpooling Can Save Money, and most important it reduces road congestion. If you estimate that most people drive round trip to work about 20 kilometers each day and that many cars use about 1 liter of fuel per 10 kilometers, if you carpool with one other person for a full year, you would save nearly 500 liters of fuel and also, have less congestion on road.

Also consider using public transport 1 day each week. This is a great way to reduce road congestion and save Fuel, save planet.

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October, 2016: Traffic Accident Fatalities - Death Statistics on The Roads­

India is only second to China when it comes to the number of people who die in road accidents. Across the world, some 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable, making up 23% of all road traffic deaths; for India that proportion is 34%.

 

Courtesy Time of India, Report from WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015. Source: TOI, WHO and AFP.­

 

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November, 2016: Awareness about Good Samaritan Law

Supreme court ruling now protects good samaritans who help road accident victims

 

People helping road accident victims, and taking them to hospital will no longer have to worry about harassment at hospitals, police stations and courts. In a landmark ruling, The Supreme Court approved the guidelines issued by the Centre for the protection of Good Samaritans at the hands of the police or any other authority.

It was SaveLIFE Foundation that filed the original PIL (public interest litigation) and triggered these developments. On the basis of a national study of past cases conducted by it, the foundation submits that three out of four people in India hesitated to come forward and help road accident victims, and that 88% of them had attributed this hesitation to fear of legal and procedural hassles. “These hassles include intimidation by police, unnecessary detention at hospitals and prolonged legal formalities”.

The Law Commission of India observes that 50% of those killed in road accidents could have been saved had timely assistance been rendered to them. And a World Health Organisation report claims that “skilled and empowered bystanders play a crucial role in saving lives” and “in order to enable bystanders to come forward and help injured persons, a supportive legal and ethical environment is needed”.

March 30, 2016: The Supreme Court approved the good Samaritan guideliens and passed it as a law.

The nitty-gritty:


The guidelines lay down the following:
1. The Good Samaritan will be treated respectfully and without any discrimination on the grounds of gender, religion, nationality and caste.
2. Any individual, except an eyewitness, who calls the police to inform them of an accidental injury or death need not reveal his or her personal details such as full name, address or phone number.
3. The police will not compel the Good Samaritan to disclose his or her name, identity, address and other such details in the police record form or log register.
4. The police will not force any Good Samaritan in procuring information or anything else.
5. The police will allow the Good Samaritan to leave after having provided the information available to him or her, and no further questions will be asked of him or her if he or she does not desire to be a witness.
 

Even when Good Samaritans agree to become witnesses, the guidelines accord them protection and comfort. They ensure that:
 

1. If a Good Samaritan chooses to be a witness, she will be examined with utmost care and respect.
2. The examination will be conducted at a time and place of the Good Samaritan’s convenience and the investigation officer will be dressed in plain clothes.
3. If the Good Samaritan is required by the investigation officer to visit the police station, the reasons for the requirement shall be recorded by the officer in writing.
4. In a police station, the Good Samaritan will be examined in a single examination in a reasonable and time-bound manner, without causing any undue delay.
5. If a Good Samaritan declares himself to be an eyewitness, she will be allowed to give her evidence in the form of an affidavit.
The guidelines also specify that the concerned Superintendent or Deputy Commissioner of Police are responsible in ensuring that all the above-mentioned procedures are implemented throughout their respective jurisdictions.
 

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Changing future

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January, 2017: MyRoadSafety is on Amity University Radio Show Series!­

Wishing all the community members of MyRoadSafety a very happy and safe new year ahead. January is the month when India celebrates road safety week across several cities.

 

Thanks to Amity Radio 107.8 FM for inviting MyRoadSafety.org to their radio station this January. Amity Radio 107.8 FM is India’s state of the art radio station run by Amity University Students. Thanks to Mr. Kalyan Chatterjee and Ms. Shikha Shukla from Amity university school of communication for inviting me to their Radio station for the radio show. Thanks to Surbhi Agarwal and  Nabhaneel Tiwary for helping with the script, technical details and recording, it was such a great fun!

 

We exchanged views on road safety, measures, chatted and recorded about so many things…..and now Amity Radio is planning to produce an entire series on road safety. The series is called ‘Ek Kadam Road Safety Ki Aur’ (A Step Towards Road Safety). The philosophy of MyRoadSafety.org is to promote changing attitude of drivers on Indian roads, practicing patience and empathy towards fellow travelers, rather than imposing more laws and regulations. And what could be a better medium to communicate this message than Amity Radio! Thank you so much Radio Amity FM 107.8 for giving me this opportunity.

 

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This month we are planning some campaigns on no honking and irregular lane driving in the neighbourhood.

Please stay updated on our facebook page as we will be posting exact details on it. We might even have a fundraiding event to raise some money for our web page renewal.

Also MyRoadSafety's and Amity Radio's radio show's first episode of 'Ek Kadam Road Safety Ki Aur' (A Step Towards Road Safety) aired on the radio. Here is the audio clipping of it if you'd like to hear it.

 

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March, 2017: Happy Streets – Streets are beautiful when they belong to people­

Come join us early on Sunday mornings, bring your skates, bicycles and energy. MyRoadSafety and Radio Amity will join Time of India for happy streets at Noida.

 

Happy Streets is a street carnival to promote non-motorised transport, providing citizens the opportunity to reclaim their streets and connect with others. The weekly event will be Sunday at the one-kilometre-long stretch in front of DLF Mall of India, Sector 18 from 6 am to 9 am and will take place on successive Sundays.

 

An initiative of The Times of India in partnership with Noida Authority, district administration and the police, Happy Streets aims to highlight problems typical of any city - cars usurping roads, shrinking space for pedestrians and cyclists and air pollution.

 

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February, 2017: Busy Month for Campaigns, Fundraising and School Exams­

April 25, 2017: The Big Ban Theory

 

Drunk driving is one of the most prevalent problems in India and is a major cause of road accidents and road rage. And it is something we all want to get rid of or at least reduce.

This month, Supreme Court orders ban on sale of liquor at shops within 500 meters of highways. The Supreme Court ordered on Thursday ban on liquor shops on national and state highways across the country from April, 2017. This move is aimed at reducing drink driving and road accidents that claim thousands of lives every year. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur ordered removal of all signboards of alcohol vends along highways. Licenses of existing shops will not be renewed after March 31 next year, it said.

“We would not like any vend on national highways, state highways, advertisements, or signage about availability of liquor shops. All signboards should be removed. Roads should be absolutely free from any distraction or attractions. Visibility is the first temptation,”  Justice Thakur said.

Highlights:
•The top court has banned all liquor shops within 500 metres of national and state highways across the country
•Licences of existing shops will not be renewed after March 31 next year
•The move is aimed at reducing drink driving and road accidents that claim thousands of lives every year
•The order came on petitions challenging HC verdicts that disallowed sale of liquor on highways
 

Some of the Road safety activists, and even a Punjab politician and liquor baron, welcomed the move.

"The Supreme Court’s decision to stop all outlets from serving alcohol within 500 metres of highways has created much surprise and consternation, including, from within the government. While the purpose behind this action is noble enough, the action itself has been seen as being precipitate and too casually dismissive of the impact it will have on business."
 -Santosh Desai

MyRoadSafety strongly advocates and promotes drivers' self-restraint and patience. Making more laws is may be counter productive.
The new measure taken by the Supreme Court is one which might not help reduce this. People will find loopholes and circumvention: like selling liquor at 501 meters. Businesses will also be severely affected. This is why the best way to reduce this problem is to patrol and educate drivers. Checkpoints on the highway may also help. MyRoadSafety.org also promotes that Instead of creating more laws, the right behavior must be enforced. Simply telling people about why it should be done and reinforcing the idea by effective banners and videso is far more effective than forcing someone to follow it.

Banning may be the easy way out but it's not always the best way. Let's all do our bit and talk to at least 5 new drivers. Talk to your friends and family about this today!

 

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May, 2017: National daily 'Times of India' covers our story and  campaign!!

Wow, this is such a big moment! I got a call from leading National daily newspaper Times of India and they wanted to interview our efforts on RoadSafey and cover it in the news paper. The story ran on May 24, 2017....

 

Now our message has reached lot many people, I got several emails and messages. Even the Uttar Pradesh (UP) state police also recognized our efforts on May 26. Thanks everyone for great support to this cause.

 

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June, 2017: Zee News telecasts our story and June campaign

Zee News contacted me to cover story of MyRoadSafety as part of their series that promotes positive news across nation. Yashaswika Malhotra from Zee News joined me for the June month campaign outside Spice Mall at Noida city

 

News show was aired twice, on Jun 6th and 7th. This coverage has helped us reach so many people, thank you Yashaswika and thank you Zee News

 

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June, 2017: My Road Safety now has a samaritan, well-wisher and sponsor

Wow.....We now have a campaigns sponsor! yay!! Indian Head Foundation (IHIF) has agreed to sponsor my road safety campaign activities.

 

Few weeks back Commodore Ranbir Talwar got in touch with me and told me about IHIF and how proud he was to see a young student trying to bring about a change. This week on June 19, 2017 we met, MyRoadSafety met up with IHIF to exchange ideas, to improve the driving and safety scenario in Delhi and NCR. The NCR office is headed by Mr. Ranbir Talwar, Dr. Chitra and Ms. Hemanjot. Together we shared views and decided to do joint campaigns as well. I learnt so much from them, they are running campaigns at such large level and it was so inspiring.­

 

Not only did IHIF agreed to sponsor me, but they also suggested that I can joing them in their campaigns and rehab center activities.

IHIF was founded by His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur in February 2007. Seeing the state of India’s social and medical response to head injury accidents and brain trauma, the Maharaja started on a mission to build a comprehensive system for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury, and to provide neuro-rehabilitation to the victims of such unfortunate incidents.­

 

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August 20, 2017: Calling Mr. Bezos, dear Jeff can you please help our cause

 

Read in the news that Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon.com is looking for suggestions for philanthropic giving. Mr. Bezos writes, “I’m thinking I want much of my philanthropic activity to be helping people in the here and now — short term — at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact.”

Here at MyRoadSafety.org we are trying to help make roads of India beautiful and safe. Talking about Patience, Empathy and Respect on the roads, virtues that we conviniently leave behind as soon as we get behind the driving wheel of car, or on the driving seat of motorcycle and scooter.

And now, when more and more drivers are getting on the roads, more vehicles registered, traffic is increasing by hour, we need to do something and do it fast! Legal framework is shackled by its limitations, corruption, lack of officers on roads. Road fatalities are rising at morbid rate each year. RTO offices are churning out licenses even without road tests, this machinery cannot be relied upon to make the fundamental social behavior change.

I would like to propose setting up Amazon audio/visual centers across metros, offering simple short lessons and interactive sessions on roadsafety tips. Talk about behavior to curb this menace, avoid honking, follow lanes, do not cut other drivesrs, have patience, all this  actually increases the average speed by keeping traffic in check, reduces stress. Let's make streets of India happy and safe.

 

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August, 2017: Campaign for wheeler safey at Noida RTO

2 Wheelers account for 34% of accidents and more than 25% of deaths on the road. Top 5 cities with highest number of fatalities are:

- Delhi

- Chennai

- Jaipur

- Bengaluru

- Mumbai

The campaign at Noida license and registry RTO office was to make 2 wheeler drivers aware. Practice Patience, follow lanes, avoid honking and weat helmet were the messages. During campaign we provided stickers and pamphlets sponsored by IHIF

 

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