An awkward road junction near Dominos Pizza in Thakur Village (Kandivali East) is proving to be highly unsafe due to rash driving, speeding of motorists and driving in the wrong direction.
Road traffic crashes are a routine occurrence on roads throughout the world. Thousands of people lose their lives on the roads every day.
Many millions more are left with disabilities or emotional scars that they will carry for the rest of their lives. Children and young adults are among the most vulnerable. Every hour of every day, forty youngsters die as a result of road traffic crashes.
This means that every day another one thousand families have to cope with the unexpected loss of a loved one. Losing a child is never easy. Knowing
that a child was lost to a preventable incident may add to the pain and suffering, and can leave families and communities with emotional wounds that take decades to heal.
The junction is not designed properly, which provoke people to take short cuts by driving on the wrong side and risking not only their own life by others life too.
With an increasing number of accidents reported at the location in the last few months, it has become a highly accident prone area in this vicinity.
Vehicles coming from Raheja circle are usually in high speed and immediately after blind turn, unable to spot the speed breaker in time.
On the other hand, the vehicles coming out from the lane between Dominos Pizza and Nirvana Hotel should take only the LEFT TRUN but most of the people do not want to take a long way to get a u-turn to get on the other side of the road and therefore they take the right turn (wrong side – as shown in the above picture).
In past, the local residents had raised their voice against these issues in association with Residents’ Forum and Soch Sayani (Social Group Citizens of Thakur Village).
Residents’ Forum had done a massive street campaign in 2018 for more than six months, standing at roadside and regulating the traffic by requesting people not to take the wrong right turn.
In the last 15 days, there were multiple serious mishaps that happened in the same junction.
A nine-year-old girl was killed in a road accident after a scooterist rammed into the vehicle she was riding pillion on in Kandivali (E) on Monday (February 1, 2021).
Police said that the incident occurred near Thakur Village, where she had gone to feed the birds with her father. Samta Nagar Police have arrested the 25-year-old scooterist and booked him under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for rash driving and causing death due to negligence.
15 days back a student on a bicycle was hit by an auto-driving in the wrong direction.
Thakur Village is densely populated with residential segment, so it becomes more important for the public and road safely.
The future of a country is its young people. We cannot afford to lose our children to road traffic crashes. When planning road safety initiatives, policy-makers and leaders need to recognize children’s vulnerabilities as well as their inexperience, developmental needs and exuberance for life.
Road traffic crashes are not “accidents”. We need to challenge the notion that road traffic crashes are unavoidable and make room for a pro-active, preventive approach to reducing death on our roads. Doing so is our best route to better road safety.
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