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'What if bikes are fitted with Speed Governors?’

Effective patrolling at night will considerably decrease the nuisance of racing

Published: 16th November 2013 11:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th November 2013 11:57 AM   |  A+A-

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 As the majority of road accidents are caused by rash driving of young motorcyclists, people don’t exactly have great opinions about motorcyclists in the city. They are viewed as the biggest trouble-makers by most of the people, even in cases where they aren’t responsible. The city’s young riders opened up about their views on the issue to City Express. Malathi S and Sunanda H, residents of Panampilly Nagar, are still in shock about an accident last week. “Motorists are not careful about the zebra-crossings marked on the road. It is actually better if the roads have some humps on tricky stretches,” Sunanda said. “The growling of sports bikes is heard nearly every night after 10 pm. Sundays are especially dangerous as they are the playtime for the racers”, Malathi says. Sudheer G, who runs a business at Panampilly Nagar believes that most of the troublemakers in the city are youngsters. “The most scary fact is that, they love street racing in the midst of heavy traffic,” he added. “The law says, the speed should be below fifty km per hour. But due to the heavy traffic here, riding at even that speed is scary,” said Jose William, an NRI. According to him, the only solution is to spread awareness about safe driving and traffic norms. “Indian roads are not capable of accommodating imported sport bikes. Those who use the road to race should be strictly punished,” said Shibu K K from Kaladi. “Parents are the ones who should be punished, actually. It is their responsibility to control their children,” he said. Sreejith Balakrishnan, a resident of Cherthala, too has the same opinion. Sreejith, who find pleasure in riding his 100cc motorcycle, argued that the roads in the state are suitable for low-powered bikes only. “Expanding the service of police interceptor vehicles will also prompt the motorists to drive slow,” he added. Sreejith, who blames overspeeding as the cause of two-wheeler accidents, put forth another suggestion too. “What if two-wheelers are fitted with speed governors? It will be very practical and much more effective than telling a superbike rider to drive slower,” he says. Dileep K Kuttan and Bibin G Menon are among those who believe that expanding police patrolling is the most effective remedy. “Police should be more active. Effective patrolling at night will considerably decrease the nuisance of racing. And cops shouldn’t hesitate to take action against the rash drivers,” Dileep asserted. Jyothish T S who comes from Vaikom has the opinion that, the craze on racing is seen only in city premises and superbikes are just showpieces in villages. A gear-less scooter is used by Jyothish, a marketing employee who regularly travel on city roads. “Roads are not in good shape, I agree. But, for those who love racing, buying a superbike is a passion”, he said.

 



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