Thursday, May 6, 2021
Home Media Journalist exposes ignorance about road-safety, claims Expressways should not have speed limits

Journalist exposes ignorance about road-safety, claims Expressways should not have speed limits

Expressways and Freeways across the world have speed limits, contrary to the claims of Sucheta Dalal

The Lutyens Journalists, who often marinate in their own mediocrity, constantly get exposed on social media for their lack of intelligence and failure to comprehend facts. Sucheta Dalal, one of the members of Lutyens cabal displayed her ignorance concerning the basic road safety rules and went on to discredit Narendra Modi government for introducing high-tech bullet trains in the country.

The recent accidents on Mumbai-Pune Expressway and subsequent action by the Maharashtra highway traffic patrol to install radars and speed guns to nab overspeeding vehicles seems to have not impressed Sucheta Dalal. She criticised the introduction of speed limits and speed guns across the highways while objecting to penalise the overspeeding drivers. However, she did not stop there. Dalal, while criticising the road safety norms, lamented over enforcing the existing rules of speed checks on Highways and questioned the government on whether they will justify the same for Bullet Trains.

According to Sucheta Dalal’s rationale, the authorities must not introduce such road safety norms or check overspeeding drivers on Highways as the original intent of building highways like Mumbai-Pune expressway was ‘speed’. She further questioned the ruling party about the reasoning behind introducing Bullet trains if they are going to introduce such check speeds on Highway. As per Dalal’s logic, the speeding on Highways and high-speed Bullet trains are similar as she questions the government whether such rules are also forced on Bullet trains.

However, Dalal deliberately ignores the fact that there have always been speed limits on highways and expressways to check reckless driving which causes fatal accidents. It is correct that Expressways are built to ensure fast transport, but that does not mean there are no speed limits and safety norms on them. Most importantly she misses the fact that these are not new rules notified either by the Centre or the state government. In fact, the Narendra Modi government had increased the speed limit for vehicles on expressways from 100 kmph to 120 kmph, contrary to what Dalal claims.

Driving recklessly on Highways cannot also be equated with similar speeds of a Bullet-train. As Bullet trains operate under a different set of rules and system, drawing a parallel between high-speed bullet trains and speeding on highways is completely absurd. Moreover, even Bullet trains and other high-speed rail networks across the world have speed limits. There are strict safety norms on high-speed rail networks, and they are never breached. Due to such safety norms, fatal accidents occurring on high-speed train systems are much lesser than road fatalities.

Accidents on Mumbai Pune Expressway

According to the National Criminal Bureau Record (NCRB) data, in 2015, the total road accidents in India accounted for 4,64,674 accidents which have resulted in 1,48,707 traffic-related deaths in India. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway also has witnessed a large number of accidents. In the first 10 years since its opening, there were 1,758 accidents with more than 400 fatalities on this road. Fatal accidents on this road happen regularly, with an average of 125 deaths per year. Realising the importance of reducing traffic-related deaths, the government has taken necessary steps like ensuring speed checks, speed breakers on national highways and expressways.

Although fast travel is important, safety and human lives are of utmost importance, and therefore it is essential to implement safety norms on highways and expressways like speed limits, lane discipline etc. There are speed limits on high-speed roads everywhere in the world, like the freeways in the USA have speed limits ranging from 100 kmph to 120 kmph, and police keep a strict watch on overspeeding vehicles using speed guns and other devices. Therefore, it is ridiculous to claim that there should not be speed limits on expressways in India.

Sucheta Dalal, who claims to be a journalist must stay away from such ridiculous arguments, which not only exposes their weak understanding of the facts but also raises questions regarding the credibility of their ‘intellect’ they claim to possess.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staff
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

After continuously demanding 976 MT of oxygen, Delhi CM says they will open 9,000-9,500 new oxygen beds if they get 700 MT daily

Delhi CM says they will open 9000-9500 new oxygen beds if they get 700 MT oxygen per day, implying the current demand is much less

Times Group and The Wire’s editor spread misleading claims over FICCI letter to NDMA about ventilators: Here is what FICCI said

FICCI clarified they never suggested any negligence by the government in distribution of ventilators manufactured under PM CARES Fund

After TMC leaders denying post-poll violence, Mamata Banerjee announces compensation for kin of victims

Mamata Banerjee has claimed that around 16 people have died in the post -poll violence, almost equal from BJP and TMC, and oner person from the Sanjukta Morcha.

Black Lives Matter, a Facebook post and how I got censored: Big Tech, freedom of speech and the overall hypocrisy of the Ultra Left

On 11 February 2021, my Facebook account of 13 years was disabled without reason and it is time we talk about the Ultra Left's hypocrisy

Exposing the bias of Western media: Old video of Azerbaijan President goes viral. Here’s what he said

In the old video, the Azerbaijan President was asked about press freedom in his country.

After their trial by fire, BJP needs to frame the narrative in Bengal without playing into Mamata’s hands

Other than the political violence against BJP in Bengal, people are not happy with their handling of COVID - can it get worse for them? Yes

Recently Popular

‘Out of control’ Chinese rocket falling back on Earth and no one knows where it is going to crash: Details

After launching space station hub, China's Long March 5B is doing 27,600km/h in failing orbit, with eventual crash site unknown.

Birbhum SP denies reports of rape of polling agents in Bengal’s post-poll violence

In light of the bloodshed and unspeakable atrocities committed against its party workers, the BJP has announced a nationwide dharna on May 5.

Bengal post-poll violence: TMC goons attack BSF jawans, set their homes on fire, Network 18 journalist reveals

Earlier, TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had demonised the central paramilitary forces. She had even urged the party supporters to 'gherao' them during elections.

21-year-old college student raped and murdered in Medinipur district in West Bengal, 3 including a woman arrested

West Bengal police arrested 2 masons and their female aide for rape and murder of a college student, who have confessed to the crime

Banished by Twitter and Facebook, former US President Donald Trump launches his own communications platform

Trump's senior advisor Jason Miller additionally informed that this is not the social media platform they talked about and that the plans to launch the same remain intact.

Bullied by liberals, Pat Cummins reallocates his contribution from PM CARES to UNICEF Australia

Australian cricketer Pat Cummins has announced that he has relocated his donation to UNICEF Australia from the PM CARES fund.
- Advertisement -


Connect with us