There are cases of law-abiding people

dying because of others’ violations, writes S. Vijay Kumar

V. Jayaraman (65) of T. Nagar was riding his two-wheeler when a speeding jeep knocked him down on G.N.Chetty Road on February 18. The victim suffered no external injuries and he was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. A couple of hours after admission to a private hospital, he died.

Mr. Jayaraman was managing a cultural organisation ABBAS and promoting different forms of fine arts. Quoting the post-mortem report, police say he suffered a massive internal injury after a bumper protruding at least one foot from the body of jeep hit him. The death was caused by heavy internal bleeding.

“My brother was riding at a moderate speed . He lost his life due to the reckless driving of some other person. Police should take steps to ensure that this should not happen to any road-user,” says V. Gopalakrishnan.

According to the Pondy Bazaar Traffic Investigation police, the accused was arrested and remanded to judicial custody. The jeep was seized and referred to the Road Transport Officer for inspection and assessment of the reasons that led to the accident.

This is not the first instance when rash and negligent driving of one person cost the life of others. There have been many road accidents where vehicle users who followed all safety guidelines fell prey to violations such as drunken driving and overspeeding committed by others.

“Instructions have been given to take firm action against rash and negligent driving. We are registering cases against offences such as drunken driving. Since January this year, as many as 2,237 cases have been registered,” says Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), M. Shakeel Akther.

According to him, the traffic police were pursuing the concept of Enforcement, Education and Engineering by involving all agencies concerned.

A sustained campaign is on to create awareness among road users on safety aspects, he says.

Besides imposing fine on those resorting to reckless driving, we are trying to educate the accused on how they were not only putting their lives at peril but also that of others,” Mr. Shakeel adds.