Fog though stay for some days during winter, every year, it plays villain to the safety mantra of “See and Be Seen”. YOU, me and others can learn a lot from some past accidents happened due to fog, mentioned below:
On 24th December, 2018 eight people, including seven from the same family, were killed in a highway pile-up due to thick fog in Haryana. Five days later, on 29th December, 2018, seven people were killed and four injured when a vehicle rammed into two SUVs due to heavy fog on the Ambala-Chandigarh national highway. These two incidents that happened just few days apart were hardly the lone ones. The previous winter, on 7th January 2018, India also lost its powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav in road crash on Delhi-Panipat Highway, partly due to dense fog.
Road fatalities on account of weather conditions like fog run in thousands every year. The bad news is that they are getting deadlier with every passing year. In 2016, as many as 9,317 people died in fog-related road crashes, the number increased to 11, 090 in 2017. This is a jump of almost 20% in one year alone. It had been alarming that between 2014 and 2017, fatalities on roads due to fog-related crashes surged almost 100%.
YOU must drive at lower speed and use fog lights in your vehicle as few must follow practices during foggy days, to remain safe. Authorities must take all measures so that no commercial vehicle remain parked on/by the side of road which may become cause of accident due to poor visibility.
Seeking your kind cooperation to make it possible towards ZERO Accident….VM