Night driving in the city is becoming risky even for the most experienced drivers. Apart from the woeful conditions of the city roads, use of headlights on high beam is another major issue, which is affecting the road safety.
Most drivers use high beam headlights as it provides them a better view but it also reduces visibility for the oncoming driver. In a count conducted by HT on a busy road at Maqsudan in Jalandhar city at night recently, it was found that out of 100 vehicles, 92 were using high beam.
As per Section 177 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1989, the high-beam vehicles can be challaned between 300 and 600. In Jalandhar, as per figures obtained for traffic police, 1,137 challans were issued for use of high beam.
ACP (traffic) Dalbir Singh said, “Most people in our society are educated but they still ignore law. For the sake of improving their own vision on the road they ignore the safety of other drivers.”
He added, “The traffic police work during the day time only. As headlights are used at night, when police are not on duty, fewer challans are issued for this violation.” The traffic department also has a separate traffic education cell, which conducts seminars on traffic rules in different colleges and schools.
ASI Ranjeet Singh, who works in this cell, said, “We have a proper set of traffic laws but people usually don’t adhere to these and continue to violate traffic rules, which can result in serious accidents.” “People should be concerned about their as well as the safety of other people,” he added. Eye specialist from Sharma Eye Hospital, Maqsudan, Dr Ashok Sharma said, “High beam produces a glare that impairs the vision. It temporarily reduces the road vision of the driver.”