Speed Bumps On The Road Turning Out To Be More Dangerous Than Useful?

| June 19 , 2017 , 17:22 IST

In India, road accidents are as frequent as you ordering pizza from Dominos. It's unfortunate but explicitly true. Irrespective of the uncountable rules and regulations for prevention from road accidents, it still is an erupting fact that people die more on the road than in hospitals.

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And one major cause of these road accidents are the numerous speed bumps decorated all over the place. The inception of these breakers may have been for a positive effect on the society but as of today, these bumps on the road are causing more accidents than preventing a few.

In India, these speed breakers cause as many as 30 crashes on the road daily killing somewhat 9 people a day. People would be amazed to know that speed bumps on Indian roads alone kill more people (3409 in 2015) than countries like the UK and Australia put together (2937 in 2015).

The reason for such a vast number is simple. Faulty designs, poor markings and poor materials are the prime reasons for such a devastating outcome every day. In many places, people even make DIY bumpers without having any prior knowledge of the precautions to be taken while doing so. “This is a menace across the country. We have speed breakers on every road which can break your bones and damage your vehicle,” admitted Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Speed breakers must be built with proper research, good material and not just for the sake of randomly scattering these bumps on the road. Nitin Gadkari has promised on taking care of the fact that speed breakers are built at properly designated markings on the road. While the Ministry has instructed highway-owning agencies to remove all speed breakers from the main carriageways, it says it can only advise states to follow norms for their roads and urban areas.

So what are the things to keep in mind while making speed bumps on the road? Firstly, it should always come at a point when a minor road meets a major road so any forthcoming traffic slows down to avoid any mishaps.

The materials used for speed breakers must be checked for quality assessment. Very importantly, proper and visible signs should be put up whenever a speed bump is approaching.

Driving is, at the end of the day, a manual effort that will have its own errors but we must make efforts to improve the condition of the roadways.