Rash Driving on Indian Roads - Issues

We are pained to see the post of our member Mr. Shakir Sheikh in Surakshit Maharashtra circle included below) where he shared how day before yesterday his 4 year old grandson got hit by a speeding Ford Endeavour and passed away.

Knowing that the driver had hit the boy, instead of stopping, he drover over the boy's head.

We would like to take up the important subject of rash driving and seek your inputs on various issues that you see across India with the objective of affecting positive changes in law such that rash driving is minimized.

While we can only provide limited console to Mr. Sheikh and the grieving family, let us raise this issue in memory of Saad and bring about a reduction in Rash Driving in India.

Indian Police Foundation

Post from Mr. SHAKIR SHEIKH in Surkashit Maharashtra circle

A speeding SUV car ran over a four-year-old boy.
Day before yesterday at 09-30 PM one speeding SUV Ford Endeavour hit my four- year- old grandson at Yari Road Versova MUMBAI ,The child was with his mother coming from a mall just opposite their home,The mother was asking the driver of the speeding vehicle to stop, but he failed to apply the brakes on time.The car, which is owned by a doctor, was occupied by three others — the doctor’s wife, daughter and a relative. ( a doctor).
The horrible tragedy is that after knocking the child,who fell down on the road seriously injured, They did not stop but The accused — 28-year-old Shobnath Saroj —started the vehicle and drove over the boy’s head, as the owner of the vehicle feared the public fury and they are worried for their vehicle , they did not instruct the driver to stop and take the child to hospital for treatment said a nearby shopkeeper.
The driver tried to flee the spot with the vehicle, but onlookers chased him on motorcycles and caught him.
The police said Saroj has been booked under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304 A (causing death by negligence) of IPC and 134 A and B of the Motor Vehicles Act.
He has been remanded in judicial custody and was denied bail. more  

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My reaction is, the guilty should be punished to maximum extent. But at the same time, on the pro-active side, the system should be sufficiently strengthened to become effective enough to spend more energy on teaching lesson and straightening the culprits well in time, rather than spending energy in accurately proving them wrong to punish them after the aftermath. Managing punishment should never be the job. more  
Most of the responses here will be genuinely reactive. Here is one pro-active step based on the practical thought "Stich it time saves nine". Mostly and 99%, the driver may not be driving rash for the first time. Right? Since the day, driver got the license till the day of this incidence, the driver must have driven rash on hundreds of occasions, very habitually. Just like habitual drinkers, there are habitual rash drivers too. This driver seems to be like that. Why our traffic control and monitoring system did not catch and punish and re-educate the culprit by giving community service tasks, before the bad habit grew day by day since Day 1 till Day 500? And this is not a philosophical question. It's a practical question to the system and solution is - Catch Them Young. All should be taught to drive slow and steady in their young age. I have seen this happening in the countries like United States. And there is no rocket science to achieve this, but simply just the will to establish discipline. more  
Rash drivers should be punished when they are rash driving.But we see that they are only punished when they cause accident.In this way accident can not be avoided.Cameras should be placed in roads to monitor speeds and checked regularly. more  
Govt should give assurance that accident Is accident driver or Informer wii not be harassed by police Binodanand jha more  
No doubt it is very good step depends upon its implementation it may be misused by our sk called guards guard over guard may be required Binodanand jha more  
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