In 2015-16 a total of 9100 traffic accidents occurred in Pakistan, and 4448 people were killed in these tragic accidents. Most of the people who died in these accidents fall below the 30 age bracket, which is quite alarming. 4287 traffic accidents occurred in KP and 1299 people died in those accidents. KP along Punjab has the highest ratio of traffic accidents. However, the government of KP has introduced European traffic rule system in the province to curb the accident issues, which is indeed a good step.
2053, 749, 207, 140 people died in traffic accidents in Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan, and Islamabad. World Health Organisation (WHO) reported back in 2014 that almost 2.69 percent people in Pakistan die due to traffic accidents.
It is worth mentioning here that the number of accidents may be higher as well as death tolls as many accidents were never reported to the authorities.
Many die due to not following proper traffic rules, if riding a bike then not wearing a helmet etc. Moreover, in Pakistan usually, people don’t go to training school to properly learn how to drive a car/bike properly. Additionally, people don’t bother to get a license which is a perimeter to judge whether the driver/rider is trained or not. Aside from the irresponsibility shown by people, the local automaker also does not bother to equip their car with safety features, which is another cause so many death occurs in the traffic accident in the country.
PakWheels.com like every year, also conducted a survey in 2017 to give the people a picture what people seriously think about attaining a license and what is the priority when buying a vehicle. A total of 19,155 numbers of responses were recorded from all over the country in this regard. 54 percent of those who responded, hailed from Punjab, 27 percent Sindh, 12 percent Islamabad, 6 percent KPK, and 1 Baluchistan.
According to PakWheels.com survey, 74 percent respondents said that they own a driving license and 19 percent said they don’t own a driving license, while 5 percent said their license has been expired and 2 percent said they lost it. A whopping 60 percent of the respondents aged less than 21 years do not hold a driver’s license. Additionally, the car users asserted that they prefer performance along with safety features of the cars while buying one. It is to be noted here that in previous PakWheels.com survey car users ranked safety aspect on number 9 while buying a car, while in 2017 survey they ranked it on the 2 spot, which is indeed promising.
In the survey, many brands have won people’s choice award as well.
The recent trend shows that people are now eagerly thinking of their safety which is a positive sign.
It was reported by WHO back in 2013 that by 2030, death caused by traffic accidents will become the 5th major cause of death around the whole globe.
What do you think the government should do or what part should automobile play in it or what is our responsibility as a responsible citizen in this regard? Do tell in the comments section below.