In continuation of yesterday’s editorial column, which garnered widespread acceptance, let us delve deeper into what can be done to reduce the alarming rate of road accidents. The Mokokchung Town Lanur Telongjem (MTLT) has, in the wake of the tragic motor accident that claimed eight lives on 20 September at K-Station village in Tseminyu district, appealed to the Nagaland State Transport Department to address rising road accidents in the state. The need for immediate measures to mitigate road accidents cannot be overstated. MTLT’s suggestion of initiating brainstorming sessions involving all stakeholders to develop effective solutions is a step in the right direction. It is now up to the government to heed this call and take action.
As per some media reports, the ill-fated Sumo passenger vehicle involved in the tragic 20 September accident did not have proper documentation. While we cannot undo the tragedy that has occurred, we must remain resolute in ensuring that such heart-wrenching incidents do not repeat themselves. The foremost action we can take immediately is to rigorously enforce existing rules and regulations. However, this is just the beginning. There are so many other things that need to be done.
We must prioritize road safety education in schools and communities, teach people about responsible driving, the dangers of speeding, and the importance of wearing seat belts. We have to demand better road infrastructure, including well-marked lanes, proper signage, safer pedestrian crossings, and roadside parapets. We must encourage the use of advanced safety features in vehicles, such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning systems and other technology. Our communities must engage in road safety campaigns and neighborhood watch programs to monitor and discourage reckless driving.
Yet, perhaps most importantly, we need dedicated and robust advocacy groups to champion the cause of road safety. By collectively embracing these measures, we can work towards a future where road accidents become a rare occurrence rather than a regular tragedy. The lives lost in these accidents deserve nothing less than our unwavering commitment to making our roads safer. We owe it to ourselves and to the victims of road accidents.