Will road safety finally get its ‘achche din ‘?
The year was 2002. I had just arrived at the Geneva railway station from Zurich with my wife and 4-year-old daughter. We were looking for a taxi to take us to the hotel, a short distance away. Surprisingly, although there was a large fleet of taxis at the station, not one wanted to take us. Reason: none of them had a ‘child’ seat! Finally, as advised by a cabby, I walked it to the hotel with my daughter, even as my wife drove off in a taxi with our baggage.
Drink, drive and die…merrily
If you think it’s macho to drive after drinking, think of the nearly 60,000 people who thought the same way and died in road accidents last year just in India
On the night of December 31, even as a new year lay in labour, ready for birth, hundreds of people died on roads all across the country, because they chose to drive after drinking. Under the heady influence of countless gallons of rum, whisky, gin and so on, these people had partied hard to welcome a year that they would never live to see, all because of an act that defies logic and leads to a one-way road to disaster. And so, in this week dedicated to road safety, come as it does in the shadow of yet another deathly New Year-eve, if there is one pledge you certainly must take then it is to never drive in a drunken state; doing so isa singularly stupid and irresponsible act—the sort of risk a sober mind would never imagine taking.
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Seven time world champion and F-1 racing legend Michael Schumacher came within a blink of dying a shattering death as his head slammed into a rock after he crashed headlong down a snowy run at the Meribel Ski Resort in the French Alps on Monday. "We put him on induced coma to give him his best chance to live," said Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, an anesthesiologist at the Grenoble University Hospital Center where the racing superstar is fighting for his life.