Stationary trucks and vehicles parked on the national highways are turning into killing machines for drivers who fail to see them, particularly in the foggy conditions these days.
The national highway connecting Pathankot with Jalandhar and Amritsar remains full of such ill-parked vehicles, particularly trucks, which invite several major accidents, while the vehicles halted there for a while are seldom noticed by the patrolling police.
Drivers seem to be hardly bothered about the consequence of their negligence, as most of the vehicles parked on the roadsides are without night reflectors that make their presence unapparent to the travellers and lead to accidents.
Hardly affected by the little punishment or fine levied, many of them manage to escape after the mishap, while others continue parking their vehicles on the roadsides, especially near dhabas, petrol pumps or mechanic shops situated on these highways.
“The recent accident, in which many teachers died in Ferozepur district, reminds us of the accident which claimed the lives of three youth of Pathankot,” claimed Rajesh Seth of Sarna village, where the accident had occurred in 2014. Their car had rammed into a stationary truck on PathankotAmritsar National Highway near Sarna, killing all, he said.
“It seems the drivers are least concerned with the deaths that occur due their fault. They still can be seen parking their vehicles haphazardly,” he said.
“Nine members of my family and I had a narrow escape,” recalled Suresh Sharma of Pathankot.
“We were passing through the Pathankot-Jalandhar highway at a speed of 80 km per hour when I had to apply a sudden brake as a truck was parked along the road, which I could not see,” he said.
“Despite the full brake, my car hit the truck. Fortunately, only the car got damaged and there was no casualty. One needs to be really careful while driving through this highway,” he said.
“The negligent drivers claim many lives, and thus, they must be awarded death penalty, and the vehicle owners who teach little to the drivers must also be punished. Besides, officers in charge of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) should also be punished for their failure to deal with negligence,” he added.
Meanwhile, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal, when contacted, said he had already asked his officials to crack down on the truck drivers who park their vehicles on the roads. “I have told them to impound these vehicles and fine them heavily,” he added.