Stationary trucks and wrongly-parked vehicles on national highways connecting Pathankot to Jalandhar and Amritsar are turning out to be killing machines claiming at least one life everyday.
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 the presence of stationary vehicles unapparent to the travellors and lead to accident.
Little punishment or fine hardly affect these negligent drivers, who manage to escape after the mishap, while others take no lesson from the accidents and keep parking their vehicles on the roadsides, especially near dhabas, petrol pump or mechanic shops situated.
On Wednesday night, three youth died when their car crashed into a stationary truck near Sarna on the Pathankot-Amritsar national highway.
Though a campaign was launched to punish such drivers by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Parabhjot Virk, police officer patrolling the Pathankot to Dinanagar stretch find it difficult to check the violation, leaving countless drivers at their will.
The growing number of accidental vehicles at the Kanwa police station on the Pathankot-Amritsar national highway bears a testimony of the negligent attitude of drivers and increasing accidents.
Nine members of my family and I had a narrow escape, recalled Suresh Sharma. We were travelling on the Pathankot-Jalandhar highway at a speed of 80 km per hour when I had to apply sudden full brake as an invisible truck was parked along the road, which I could not see, he said.
Despite the full brake, my car hit the truck, but only car got damaged in the accidents and there were no casualty, he added.
On this highway, one should not drive with full confidence as there could be anything, 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 punishment, besides officers in charge of the National Highways Authority of India should also be punished for their failure to deal with negligence, he concluded.
I go to my college situated on the Pathankot-Amritsar road daily and see huge queue of trucks parked along the national highway near Sales tax barrier at Sarna, where two-wheeler rides at prone to accident, claimed Manav, an engineering student.
However, vehicles having developed some defects remained standing in the middle of the roads whole night, posing threat of accident.
Virk claimed that regular patrol was being conducted by him and his officers to challan such truck drivers.
He said he had discussed the matter with the sales tax officials to help police by ensuring rightparking of trucks at their check points. Now, we would impound haphazardly-parked trucks, he concluded.