HOW TO REDUCE ROAD ACCIDENTS
Stress if not managed properly leads to defects in
regulation, control, coordination, harmony, efficiency
inside and outside us.
Stress leads to hundreds of psychological, neurological,
endocrine and metabolic disturbances, which are reflected
in the behavior also. One of the defective aspects of
disturbed behavior is accident proneness. The
mismanaged conscious and subconscious stress; directly
leads to defective driving behavior and increase in
vehicular accidents on road.
But apart from this; when our stress is mismanaged; and
when we are in positions of power; it leads to defective
policies, rules and regulations related to vehicular
production, marketing, conditions of roads, facilities of
public and mass transport and maintenance of traffic in
general. Accidents and many other related and consequent
problems; are created by such defective policies and their
Strangely; billions of us; the sufferers; who are so much
stressed and are unable manage it; fall victim to the
diseased model of progress. They can’t even identify and
understand the defects in the policies; which are
responsible for the increase in the number and severity
accidents. The stress seems to have made these sufferers
amongst us; so much incapacitated, inactive, indifferent,
apathetic, cynical and frustrated; that they refuse to; or are
unable to participate rectifying the causes responsible for
accidents and their complications. Thus, they indirectly
support and promote defective policies and their
implementation multiplying accidents.
It is easy to understand how a stressed individual is more
prone to commit accident, but how mismanaged stress can
lead to wrong and disastrous policies can be clear from
the following example of policy about production of
Thus the policy of excessive production and marketing
(and passively buying and using) of cars and two
wheelers (for the affluent few) and suppression the
production buses, trams, trains and other modes of public
transport, which are urgently required for billions; leads
to suffering of billions in many ways, one of which is
increase in road accidents.
The brief explanation of how this single policy can
increase not only accidents but cause many related and
consequent problems; is as follows.
1. Excessive increase in number of vehicles on roads
leads to congestion and tremendous and unnecessary load
on traffic police
2. Commensurate increase in fuel consumption causing
chemical pollution and also in import expenses; leading to
increase of fuel prices and subsequent increase in the food
prices and unbearable load on the farmers living in
villages, where electricity is barely available for few
hours. Thus the farmer community which is the heart of
society becomes sick and moribund! This alarms real
3. Wear and tear of roads increases. Consequently there is
increase in accidents due bad condition of roads as well as
increase in the maintenance expenses and disturbance and
delay to smooth traffic
4. Excessive increase in noise pollution results due to;
blowing of horns; which is especially troublesome; to
hospitals, schools, and other places; where silence is
5. Traffic jams adding to further increase in fuel
consumption and wastage of time, disastrously affecting
the performance and/or productivity of the people of
6. Increase in the number of vehicular accidents is largely
contributed by simply the huge and increasing number of
vehicles on road apart from other factors
7. Increase in vehicular exhaust causing global warming
8. Excess of load on local trains and other means of public
transport [where ever available] and consequent
accidents, quarrels and mishaps
9. Overall increase in tardiness in the traffic and increase
in anxiety and tension, further increasing the quarrels,
traffic crimes the number and severity of accidents and
difficulty in providing medical aid (and disaster
management) due to difficulty in movement of
ambulances and fire fighters.
10. The eco-friendly bicycles production and sale suffers
due to “imposing and threatening” presence of cars,
motorcycles, rickshaws, scooters etc.
11. Excessive production of vehicles; is associated with;
unproductive and wasteful work; such as insurance,
registration and traffic policing!
12. Increase (due to difficulty in enforcing law and order)
riots, thefts etc due to slowing of police movement
13. Excessive production of un-degradable solid waste.
14. The need and construction of excessively wide and
cement or asphalt roads at the cost of irreplaceable trees
(extremely important for avoiding global warming,
pollution, rain and organic manure) and open earth
surface (extremely important and vital for absorbing and
holding rain water) and unnecessary disruption of the
natural habitat of the animals.
Thus, one wrong policy and its implementation can cause
and increase several problems in society; apart from road
accidents. Since this is one of the fallouts of mismanaged
stress, these holistic solutions constitute Total Stress
Management (The core of which is NAMASMARAN i.e.
JAP, JAAP, SUMIRAN, SIMARAN, JIKRA or
remembering one’s true self).
The immediate solution for the accidents is improvement
of public (mass) transport system by improving; the
production of buses and trains (quantitative and
qualitative), bus maintenance, bus frequency, preferential
lane for buses, bus service and so on!
More holistic solutions can be worked out and
implemented by the experts with holistic perspective;
solidly supported and strengthened by public opinion,
consensus and movements.