Union rural development minister Gopinath Munde’s death has underlined the need for rear passengers of vehicles to wear seat belts and stirred India’s health minister into calling for stronger enforcement of safety measures.
According to Union minister Harsh Vardhan, his cabinet colleague might have avoided the fatal whiplash injury to his cervical spine had he worn a seat belt when his sedan was hit by a hatchback at an intersection in New Delhi on Tuesday.
He said his ministry would soon launch an initiative to impose driving safety protocols. “Perhaps a system could be developed under which petrol and diesel sales can be denied to those who don’t use seat belts and helmets (while riding two-wheelers),” he said, adding that a new law in India along the lines of the UK and the US was necessary.
In Jharkhand, there is glaring disregard for road safety. The Telegraph tries to finds out why there are so few conscientious motorists in the state