Why Do We Break Traffic Rules in India? A Brief Thought

traffic rules in India

We start off with a sad but an important fact, our country is the accident capital of the world.

How did we become no 1 in this list? Answer is simple, we ignore the most basic traffic rules, why is that, hmm let’s discuss it a bit.

Traffic rules in our country are frequently broken and ignored. We step out of our home,& see riders on the wrong side of the lane. The sheer amount of life-threatening experiences faced by people of our country is frightening to say the least.

How did we get here? Why are people so ignorant about the dangers on the road?

We think Two major thoughts prevail here; One thought is, Half of the people don't follow the traffic rules because they see others ignoring them.

Our assessment is the problems stems from the combination of two thoughts, in the initial years of our upbringing, we as kids or youngsters see others violating traffic rules and getting away with it, this makes us follow the same path. A deadly combo of “Bad Habits” and “getting away with it” creates this awful problem. This problem negates the fact that, traffic laws in India are strict but most people are ignorant of them. For these people, let us list some violations and fines, according to the traffic laws in India, driving without Seatbelt – Fine has increased from Rs. 100 to Rs. 1000. Driving without a Valid License – Proposed fine of Rs. 5000 and/or imprisonment for up to 3 months. A vehicle without RC Book (Registration Certificate) – Rs. 2000. Even though the laws are in place, the general lack of awareness and “the getting away with it part” is the main culprit here.

The other thought here is, we ourselves don’t care; most of us don’t understand the importance of traffic rules. We never self-police ourselves while on the road, we subject ourselves to the risk, just to save a few minutes of our time.

What needs to be done?

As we can assess there are a few solutions,

First, we need follow the rules ourselves, if every person starts to follow the rules, there will be no issues.

Second, encourage the youngsters to follow the traffic rules, youngsters if they see you follow the rules, they will do the same, basic traffic education needs to be implemented at grassroot level.

Third, update the traffic laws and make them stricter, make sure everyone knows about them.

Fourth, Authorities needs to be more vigilant and prepared, no offender should be left unpunished.

Simple things can make our roads safe for all. Our Appeal to all: Follow traffic rules, be safe, create a safe surrounding for everyone, support the concerned authorities and government in implementation and mission to sort out the problem.

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