Open Speech on Road Safety
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.
Today I want to talk about the importance of road safety.
First of all, I want to thank all the event organizers and management team for doing such a great effort for public welfare and of course, all the people who are gathered here with us all. Many people think that accidents only happen to other people. They talk as though they are immune to it. But accidents can happen to anyone, and when it happens on the road, the consequences can be severe or even fatal. An experienced road-user has this to say. “You may take a thousand risks and get away with it every time, but it takes only one accident, just one, to cause you injury or death.”
Vehicle accidents are a very big cause of death in our society, and where the government is often called upon to improve safety. How true this is. I once had a friend who was a daredevil motorcyclist on the road, risking his life and that of others with his reckless attitude. Well, he must have cheated death more than a thousand times but it took only one accident to end his life.
Road safety provides the guideline so that people won’t make mistakes while using the road. Most accidents are caused by the errors of the road-users. Very infrequently does vehicle defect or mechanical failure causes an accident. Harsh driving or driving while drunk is the main cause of accidents that happens with cars. Usually, it is the person using the vehicle who is at fault. A person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not fit to be using a vehicle because his or her judgment is compromised.
Everyone should learn the road traffic and safety rules at a very early age to perform safer behaviors in later life. Know all the traffic rules and obey them. If you see people speeding recklessly, jumping queues, jumping red lights, parking illegally, etc., please do not follow their example, or try to teach them anything. Leave them alone or make a report to the police. Don’t try to deal with them on your own because that would likely create conflict. There have been cases of driver bashing up others because of a misunderstanding. Don’t become a victim of such conflict. If you are involved in an accident, remain calm and don’t argue with the other party. Just call the police and let them handle the situation. Speeds of the vehicles should be within the speed limit and slow especially in the areas of school, hospital, colony, etc.
There is urgency for the strict rules and regulations for safety on roads. In a more serious accident, injuries or death may have occurred. Everyone should follow the instructions and rules while driving or while using a vehicle. Again remain calm and call for assistance if you are able to. Otherwise, wait for assistance to arrive. The best policy, however, is to avoid accidents, for, in an accident, it does not really matter who is right or wrong. What matters is who is left. Our lives are in our hands and thus it is necessary to follow rules and proper instructions while using a road.
Read safety is your responsibility.