Road accidents: This year breaks previous year’s record
With more than one month remaining for the end of the year, the total number of people killed in road accidents in Dehradun district this year is already higher than last year. Senior officials have stated that major cause behind most of the road accidents is violation of traffic rules. They claim that even with warning sign boards put across at certain points, people don’t control speed or follow other rules meant for their own safety. Other than that, poor road quality also remains one of the reasons behind road accidents and traffic congestion.
According to the information provided by local police, from the month January to October 2019, total 268 road accident cases have been registered in Dehradun in which 140 people have died while 241 people have been injured. In the year 2018, the total number of accidents reported was 317 in which 137 people lost their lives and 254 were injured.
Superintendent of Police (traffic) Prakash Chandra Arya said that it is routine for the Interceptors to patrol at places which have been marked as accident prone areas. Traffic police have also installed warning boards at several places.
He further said that it is of utmost importance that people abide by the rules. Though police issue challan and conduct drives, it is for the general public to understand that sometimes just wearing helmet can make the difference between life and death.
About the ongoing awareness drive he said that they are also conducting awareness programmes in educational institutes at district level, as awareness is equally if not more important than enforcement.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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