Accidents killed 140 between Feb & October end this year in district
As per the records presented by transport department in the district road safety committee meeting, from February 1 this year to October last, a total of 140 people have been killed in 268 road accidents cases while 241 have been reported gravely injured. Leading the meeting, additional district magistrate (administration) Ramjisharan Sharma said that departments concerned together should review the causes behind road accidents and the necessary steps shall be taken accordingly.
Representatives of police department, transport department, Public Work Department (PWD) and National Highway (NH) were present at the meeting. ADM Sharma emphasised on the presence of representatives from Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) and smart city project in the next meeting along with a progress report about the road safety measures on their level.
The meeting mainly focused on the review about the steps taken earlier in regards with road safety the discussions about the short and long term steps that can be taken further in the similar matter.
ADM Sharma said that transport department should conduct proper examination before issuing driving license. The experience of the victim in road accident will also be helpful to check what exactly lead to the accident.
In addition to that public and civil societies will be invited to provide suggestions through emails. Police department will be responsible to put road safety signs wherever they are required in the district.
Police, transport and PWD will be conducting a combined inspection and identify the hurdles for road safety. They will also be responsible for ensuring that encroachment, hoardings, cuts, potholes and unnecessary speed breakers are not there to become trouble for the road safety of vehicle users.
During the meeting, representatives from different departments listed main reasons behind road accidents. The list include overtaking, encroachment on narrow roads because of which there is no room for parking, the vehicles in workshop being parked on road, potholes and construction material being kept on road.
Similarly, the reasons for accidents on highways were listed as the lack of knowledge about driving and red crossing.
In the data provided by transport department, from February 1 to October 31 this year 32,790 people were issued challan for breaking several traffic rules including jumping red light, for using mobile while driving and drunken driving among others.
Actions were taken on total 15,157 driving license and 69,554 challans were issued for not wearing helmet and seat belt in the district.
Friday, 29 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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