I have seen many two-wheeler riders, mostly without any urgent purpose, taking sharp cuts between four-wheelers in city traffic (“When misfortune comes riding on two wheels,” Open Page, June 13). They increase the speed to a threatening level with the sole intention of stopping those trying to cross the road.
Driving a four-wheeler in a city is a nightmare as two-wheeler riders swarm around from all directions and you need to have eyes all over. There is no point in blaming traffic policemen who stand in the scorching sun for hours. We need to revamp our laws to impose heavy penalties on the offenders.
The situation on the Indian roads is such that there is no guarantee that people who go out — by walk or on vehicles — will return safely. There is an unnecessary haste for some to reach their destination. For what, nobody knows! The use of mobile phones while on the move, romantic antics while riding vehicles, and joy rides at break-neck speed are some of the causes for frequent road accidents.
It has become easier for two-wheeler riders to get a licence. There are no deterrent punitive measures for traffic violations by road users. Unless the two loopholes are plugged, it will be impossible to ensure safe road usage by all.
Keywords: Two-wheeler riders