Mr. Late or Late Mr. – A biker’s thoughts on road safety & riding safe
By Sumonto Chatterjee
Years ago on our way to Darjeeling, I was amused to read one of the slogans cautioning drivers on t...
Mr. Late or Late Mr. – A biker’s thoughts on road safety & riding safe. By Sumonto Chatterjee
Mr. Late or Late Mr. – A biker’s thoughts on road safety & riding safe By Sumonto Chatterjee
Years ago on our way to Darjeeling, I was amused to read one of the slogans cautioning drivers on the hills. It read ‘It is better to be Mr. Late than Late Mr.’ Being just a kid, I found it amusing. When it was explained to me, I realized that there was nothing amusing in it. But the implication of the slogan took years to sink in.
The world was a comparatively leisurely, laid back place. Years later when I had bought my first motorbike, things had changed. I became a speed freak. But an accident, in which I was lucky to escape with minor injuries, changed my attitude. The flash back of the slogan painted on the rock-wall of the Darjeeling Himalayas began to haunt me. I gave up speeding for good.
But wouldn’t it be naïve if I presume that the world has become a safer place just because I gave up on speed!
On the contrary, safety on the Indian roads is a fascinating dream. Everyday more the 300 people die in road accidents. Many more are injured and some even become crippled for life. Besides the loss of lives, the financial losses are not trivial. The psychological impact on the families cannot be measured in financial terms.
One of the biggest causes of fatalities on the Indian roads is the unrestrained speed of motorbikes and cars. Given the dilapidated road conditions, the congestion and the crowds, such fatalities are bound to increase. Ignorance (of the general public) of traffic rule stares us in the face once we go out on to the road.
Speeding on motorbikes has become a rage with the youngsters. It might be heroism for them, but it is damnation for the common man. They never care for the safety of others or of themselves. These speedsters are most often the first victims. Many a life has been lost as a result of such uncontrolled speed. One recalls the tragic death of ex-cricketer Azaharuddin’s son as an example.
Technology has improved our lives. We now have fast cars, high speed bikes. Our commuting time to work and back has lessened. But we cannot blame technology for all the accidents and fatalities. These happen because of our irresponsible use of the gift of technology. Flouting traffic rules has become the norm. Jumping traffic lights, speeding through crowded roads are not only irresponsible, it is criminal.
We have done precious little to make our roads safe. We are content to put the onus on the authorities. Never do we think about our own responsibilities. Are we careful about our safety? Are we safe drivers? Do we follow traffic rules? Do we impart safety lessons to our children? Our general apathy becomes evident when we fail to provide accident victims with medical help. Many of the victims would survive if they get timely medical attention. But we want to distance ourselves and play safe. Good Samaritans are hard to find these days!
In today’s world, we have means to make our lives safe. Road safety awareness is of utmost importance. Our co-operation is necessary for implementing road safety measures. Police and medical helplines for emergencies must be made available to the public. Social media can also be a tool to spread awareness for road safety. Another great tool can be Safety Apps (Android & iOS) designed for this purpose, which is capable of sending emergency signals instantaneously to all concerned with relevant and critical information.
It is important for us to be careful when we are on the road. Road safety should be a matter for concern. Reckless speed will never take us to our destination. It is better to be Mr. Late than Late Mr.
In my next blog will cover dos & don’ts for bikers on Indian roads.
ASADELTECH™ collaborates with its European partner, Passy Experience Ltd. (PEL), a private company, established in 2008 for developing iSOSu™, a safety and emergency responder App. PEL has success...
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ASADELTECH™ collaborates with its European partner, Passy Experience Ltd. (PEL), a private company, established in 2008 for developing iSOSu™, a safety and emergency responder App. PEL has successfully negotiated with Brussels, Washington D.C., New York and EU member states capitals for membership of Bulgaria in NATO and the EU. PEL also has created a treasury of networking contacts, for development of the ideas of free market economy and expansion of the Euro-Atlantic space to the East and South.
Founder of Passy Experience Limited, Dr Solomon Passy, a Bulgarian scientist, statesman, and innovator, founder and President of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria (since 1990), Foreign Minister in the Government of King Simeon II (2001-2005), Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2004. He represented Bulgaria at UN Security Council and was its Chairman (September 2002 and December 2003), and was nominated by Bulgaria for Secretary General of NATO (2009).
As Foreign Minister he negotiated and signed Bulgaria’s accessions to NATO (2004) and EU (2005) – projects which he initiated as Member of Parliament back in 1990.
Dr Passy served as Chairman of the Parliamentary Committees on Foreign Affairs (2005-2009) and Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security (2001). He was a Member of Parliament in three legislations (1990-1991, 2001-2005, 2005–2009) and the first CEE Vice-President of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA ISchoenen), Paris (1996-1999) and Chair of the Transparency and Accountability Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE (2006-2009).
In the 1980s Dr Passy was active in anti-establishment and pro-democratic movements. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematical logic, entitling him to the honorific title Dr Passy, and was a computer scientist at Sofia University and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1979-1994). Passy and his wife Gergana are co-authors of the EU Universal USB charger for GSM (2008-2014) and he is a pioneer of Bulgaria’s Antarctic presence and membership in the Antarctic Treaty.
Founding Chairman of ASADELTECH™, Partha(PSGP) is an engineering professional turned entrepreneur with 28 years of experience in various senior & strategic leadership positions, corporate functions. He has served Wipro Limited (a NYSE listed Engineering & IT Company Head Quartered in India) for more than 26 years. As Senior Vice President & Head – Corporate Affairs, he led Wipro’s public affairs & government relations in New Delhi, state governments, and in various countries including US and EU member nations.
Partha has also served as Vice President & Global Business Head of Defense, Aerospace & Security. He also spear-headed the product engineering and embedded technology group for Aerospace, Defense & Space (ADS). In Feb 2015 Partha founded ASADEL Technologies. He also Co-Founded SafetyKart Retail Pvt. Ltd., an e-commerce venture based out of India focusing on personal safety products and owner of an unique hygiene product, PeeSafe™.
Partha has remained member of several key committees in CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) and FICCI. He has been invited member of many Committees of Gov. of India. He has also served on the Board of a JV Company between Wipro Limited and GMR Group (WAISL). Partha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from Calcutta University and is a rank holder.