There has been a spate of accidents involving luxury cars, in the recent past in the Capital. And the cause may just have been the driver’s “selfish” behaviour, suggests a study.
According to a recent research by a group of psychologists at the Institute of Personality and Social Research, University of California, the higher social class is more likely to behave selfishly, lie, cheat, cut up other road users and not stop at pedestrian crossings.
According to Delhi Traffic Police, when it comes to breaking the law it’s mostly the influential Delhiites and not just the rich ones. “People with power think they can easily get away with anything. They usually break traffic rules leading to road accidents. I have briefed my force to book the offenders irrespective of their social status,” says Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner, Delhi Traffic Police.
In 2011, there were 2000 road accidents in the city, out of which 10 involved luxury cars. However, there is no record for 40% of these 2000 cars as they were all hit and run cases, and the offenders couldn’t be traced.
Psychiatrist Dr Deepak Raheja says, “With wealth and power, people start feeling superior.”
But owners of swanky cars feel that though others also break rules, their cars draw attention. “I own two hi-end models, and any brush with the law gets noticed easily in fancy cars,” says Pooja Gupta (name changed).