Today, road and transport has become an integral part of every human being. Everybody is using road in one way or the other. On one hand where the transport system has minimized the distances on the other it has increased the risk to life. Every year road crashes take a toll on lakhs of lives and results serious injuries to many folds to this figure.
To safeguard lives of human and animals the person behind the wheels needs to be traffic literate. S/he must realize that even slight carelessness or lack of awareness about road safety measures can result in loss of life. Hence, road safety education is as significant as any other life skills, for survival of self and fellow beings.
The objective behind celebrating the Road Safety Week is to provide road safety information for road users to encourage safer road user behaviour among current and prospective road users and reduce the number of people getting killed and injured on roads every year.
Ultimately to bring out the Good Samaritan in anyone and everyone concerned.
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Who is Good Samaritan?
A Good Samaritan is a person who, in good faith, without expectation of payment or reward and without any duty of care or special relationship, voluntarily comes forward to administer immediate assistance or emergency care to a person injured in an accident, or crash, or emergency medical condition, or emergency situation.
What is Good Samaritan Law?
The Good Samaritan Law allows a person, without expectation of payment or reward and without any duty of care or special relationship, voluntarily come forward to administer immediate assistance or emergency care to a person injured in an accident, or crash, or emergency medical condition. Good Samaritan Law protects Good Samaritans from harassment on the actions being taken by them to save the life of the road accident victims.
Why the need for Good Samaritan law?
India is an unfortunate victim of a large number of road crash fatalities. Three out of four people in the country are hesitant to help injured accident victims on roads due to fear of police harassment, detention at hospitals, and prolonged legal formalities. Even if someone wants to help, these factors stop them from doing so.
How did India get a Good Samaritan Law?
In the last ten years, road crashes have killed over 13 lakh people in India. According to the Law Commission of India, 50% of these victims died of preventable injuries and could have been saved if they had received care on time. The role of the bystander is critical in providing emergency care to the victim. Yet, in India, bystanders have been hesitant to help the injured for fear of legal repercussions and procedural hassles.
In 2012, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Supreme Court of India, requesting the Hon’ble court to safeguard Good Samaritans who come forward to help the injured.
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