PANAJI: Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, we have seen some absurd videos from Goa. This one though quite weird and uncommon. The incident was caught on video and showed two children lying on the roof of a Mahindra XUV700 while he was driving the vehicle.
In the video, a Goan starts recording the video that shows two kids lying on the rooftop. He then confronts the driver of the car. However, he does not reply to anything and does some actions, which is difficult to understand.
However, the man the turns the car and drives away while the kids lie still on the roof of the vehicle. We are not sure if the kids are on the roof because there is no space in the vehicle or if this is some kind of stunt. It seems to be the Mahindra XUV700 AX7 variant, which offers 7 seats in three rows. The video indicates that the rear seats of the car are occupied.
It is likely that the kids were travelling on the roof of the vehicle because there was no space inside the vehicle. But we do not know for how long the children were travelling like this. This is highly dangerous.
Since there are no restraining options on the roof, the kids could fall down anytime. This is also illegal and way more dangerous than coming out of the sunroof of the vehicle.
Any quick change of direction of the vehicle, acceleration or braking could throw off the kids from the roof.
Such incidents have become common
It has become a common occurrence in India for people to hang out of car windows or sunroofs and record such acts to gain attention on social media. However, this behaviour is not only dangerous for those involved but also illegal. It is important to note that traffic police in some cities have been lax in enforcing fines for these offences. We strongly advise our readers and followers not to engage in such reckless driving, as it poses a threat to their own safety and the safety of others on the road.
Videos of these incidents often lead to legal issues, especially when they show violations of traffic laws. With the online challan system in place, the police can now issue fines even if they did not witness the offence firsthand. Many cities have installed CCTV cameras that are closely monitored by dedicated police personnel. Violations are identified through vehicle registration numbers, and penalties are imposed accordingly. However, it is important to acknowledge that some online challans may be incorrect due to faulty or inaccurate number plates.
India has one of the highest rates of road accidents globally, with a significant number of fatalities. Many lives are lost due to reckless driving and non-compliance with traffic rules. The purpose of surveillance systems is to reduce the number of individuals engaging in dangerous manoeuvres on the road and ultimately improve road safety.