Some states in India, like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan have an ongoing problem to deal as far as road safety is concerned. The majority of the cattle population in these states is found roaming on the road, even State, and National Highways.
This has not only caused traffic jams but has also caused some dangerous accidents. In 2016, more than 550 people lost their lives due to stray cattle roaming on the road. The latest victim to this menace is a Jaguar XF.
The images you see, are from an accident site in Karnataka. The Jaguar XF driver was travelling at a cruising speed, when suddenly a stray cow emerged on the road. Before the driver could apply brakes, the car banged head on into the cow, who then fell onto the bonnet and then to the windscreen.
The impact was such that the car lost balance and ended on the side of the road after doing a 360 topple. Thanks to the high-end safety features, no injuries were reported and all passengers survived the crash. The cow too survived the impact. But any other day, any other car, the results could have been disastrous.
Not only our roads, in 2014 a buffalo once strayed onto an airport runway in Surat. The pilot saw the buffalo in the nick of time and managed to avoid takeoff. But he could not avoid crashing into the buffalo, causing heavy damage to the aircraft. Luckily no one died in this incident.
With most of these accidents occurring at night, Madhya Pradesh police have come up with an innovative solution. Cops in MP have pasted stickers on the horn of cattle. These special stickers glow in the dark, and thus notifying people on the road about the straying cattle.
The authorities have so far affixed over 100 glow in the dark stickers on cattle horns but are set to replace these stickers, which only lasts a few weeks, with permanent radium paint. The only problem the police have to contend with is that the number of cattle exceeds the manpower required to carry out the process. Local farmers have been asked to ensure that they do the same for their cattle while neighboring districts are also following this practice.