Road rage is a grave civic offence which often leads to serious casualties of parties indulging in it. Hot-headedness and uncontrollable anger are the reason behind this problem. However, it could be controlled if its risks become a matter of public discussion. The initiative to bring out this underrated problem in public has started, by the children of Shipra Sun City, Ghaziabad. On Friday evening, the kids performed a street play in the society park in an attempt to bring awareness about this dangerous habit in which adults generally engage.
With their 20 minutes of performance in front of more than 100 people, the kids staged the root cause of road rage incidents and their perils through the play named 'Hatke-Bachhke'. The play directed by Arvind Gaur of Asmita theatre group was staged after a workshop of over two months.
"More than an offence, it is an uncultured act which should not happen in a civilised society," said Rati, one of the organisers of the play.
"A mere moment of fit of rage, people even kill each other for petty issues like abrupt overtaking of their vehicles by another vehicle. This is dangerous," Rati added.
"While the adults are adamant, they do not listen to people of their age. Hope coming from the kids, the parents and others would take the advice of not indulging in road rage incidents seriously," Rati commented.
In terms of magnitude, road rage incidents are exponentially rising in India. In 2015, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reported over 45,000 incidents that caused injury under ‘rash driving’ and ‘road rage’.
To take this into account, some lawmakers, police departments and other stakeholders are demanding that ‘behaviour patterns’ that qualify as road rage be defined under the Motor Vehicle Act, which is pending key amendments.
In 2018, V Vijay Sai Reddy, Rajya Sabha MP of the YSR Congress Party, speaking in the Parliament, demanded a definition of ‘road rage’ included in the Motor Vehicle Act.