Walking across the road, running in the park, or even something as simple as eating lunch on your own – these are the things we take for granted in our lives. However, not everyone can! As the United Nation observes “World Disability Day” on December 3, it serves all of us a reminder, about how precious our lives and our bodies really are! Over one billion people or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. And about 20 to 50 million people suffer from a disability as a result of a road accident injury, according to World Health Organisation statistics.
But road accidents and injuries due to that are hardly a statistic. After all, they not only scar a person physically, but can also be a mentally and financially challenging experience, for the individual himself and the families too. And one that can be easily prevented.
Accidents, major cause
And what’s more, according to WHO estimates, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people, aged 15–29 years. So, it is indeed time for the youth of our nation to sit up and take note of how responsible they are being with their lives, on the week that observed the “World Disability Day”.
The time is now - to understand the value of your own lives, and that of your loved ones. To comprehend, that thrill and danger are often associated together. And that while you may think it’s harmless to ride triple seat on a bike, or not strap on your seat belt while sitting in a car, it may very well be this minor neglect that can mar you for life.
It is really up to you, to lead by way of example, and do it with such perfection, that even your elders have no choice but to follow suit.