mid-day editorial: Let's not drive to destruction

Published: Nov 18, 2016, 08:34 IST | mid-day correspondent |

The city, which is driven by a Formula One-paced lifestyle, registered two rash driving-related mish­aps recently

The city, which is driven by a Formula One-paced lifestyle, registered two rash driving-related mish­aps recently.

A vehicle crashed into a divider on the Dhaneshwar Nagar Bridge in Thane (west) on Wednesday morning, causing a mile-high fountain, after it knocked off a valve connected to the underground pipeline. Repair work on the valve continued for an hour.

In another incident, some people were injured when a double-decker bus collided with a tree in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). Photos showed a decimated top deck as shocked onlookers marvelled at the damage the tree inflicted. The bus driver was racing to overtake another vehicle. Perhaps if the bus was moving at a slower pace, the driver would have managed to slam on the brakes sooner than he did.

There’s a lesson to be learnt from both the incidents. Given the challenging road conditions that we have here, we need to cut down on our speed when we are driving our vehicles. It is imperative to ensure the safety of other people and respect infrastructure.

Civic authorities, however, should also pitch in and remove unnecessary hurdles in smooth traffic movement. Factoring in the few, but existing, double-decker buses we have, some trees need to be pruned, their branches trimmed, in order to avoid traffic hazards.

These bus drivers should also be more careful while plying on streets which have more green cover, so as to not harm nature as they drive on the fast lane.

While a precious resource was wasted in the first incident, the second could have resulted in a tragedy.

Rash and rush, therefore, is a combination we need to keep safe distance from.

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