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Our metropolitan cities witness a large number of accidents every day. What do you think is the reason? What can be done to bring down the rate of accidents? Write a letter in 100-120 words to the editor of a national daily expressing your concerns and offering solutions to this problem. You are Arun/Aruna, 112 Model Town, Delhi.

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112, Model Town


Delhi


24th February, 2018


The Hindustan Times


New Delhi


Subject: Concern over a large number of accidents in metropolitan cities every day.


Sir


Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I wish to express my concern over an increase in the number of accidents in metropolitan cities. There are a number of reasons for this incessant rise in the number of accidents. The main cause is an increase in adverse and erratic driving conditions. Poor infrastructure and excess of traffic conditions make the urban drivers impatient, reckless and rash. People neglect traffic rules and don’t even adhere to speed limits that ultimately leads to accidents. A considerable increase in the use of mobile phones and loud music while driving causes distraction for drivers. Drink and drive cases have also increased considerably in recent times.


To solve this problem the authorities need to take very stringent actions. I would suggest them impose very heavy fines on traffic rule defaulters. Underage drivers and drunken drivers should be dealt with most severely and their licenses should be impounded immediately. I suggest to increase the number of traffic policemen and check-posts. While issuing driving licenses, a comprehensive session on traffic rules and regulations should be made mandatory.


I hope you will publish my letter in your newspaper in order to spread awareness about this alarming issue among the readers and the concerned authorities.


Yours sincerely


Aruna/Arun


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