Rising road mishaps a cause for concern

Rising road mishaps a cause for concern
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Though the police and road transport authority are working together to minimise the road accidents and deaths in the district, the accident rate is not being controlled in Visakhapatnam. Taking a major role to control the accidents, the police are implementing special drives and conducting counselling to the drivers during the midnights and wee hours.

Visakhapatnam: Though the police and road transport authority are working together to minimise the road accidents and deaths in the district, the accident rate is not being controlled in Visakhapatnam. Taking a major role to control the accidents, the police are implementing special drives and conducting counselling to the drivers during the midnights and wee hours.

Highlights:

  • Number of accidents is on the rise compared to last year
  • Collector and Chairman of Road Safety Committee Pravin Kumar directed the National Highway Authority, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, Roads and Buildings, Panchayat Raj and Road Transport Authority officials to review and prepare a detailed note on accidents

The traffic police are asking the drivers to wash their faces at the identified accident prone areas in the wee hours. Similarly, they are gathering the drivers at dhabas and spending some time with them and asking their family details to divert their minds from sleep.

However, the number of accidents is not controlled when compared to corresponding period of the last year statistics. According to the records, during this year from January 1 to May 31 a total of 971 accidents took place where as last year it was 951. There are 330 deaths reported last year and this year the number of deaths is 320. In all, 1,225 people were injured in the first five months in this year, while it was 1,035 last year.

The government has directed the district administration to review the road accidents on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to take up further steps to minimise the number of road accidents. The Superintendent of Police (Rural) Rahul Dev Varma prepared a detailed note covering 140 important roads in the district, while Commissioner of Police (City) T Yoganand prepared a report covering 324 topics mentioning the important factors to control the road accidents in the district.

While responding on the Superintendent of Police and the Commissioner of Police reports, Collector and Chairman of Road Safety Committee Pravin Kumar directed the National Highway Authority, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, Roads and Buildings, Panchayat Raj and Road Transport Authority officials to review and prepare a detailed note on accidents.

The note should be submitted in next month road safety meeting, Collector Pravin Kumar directed the officials.
The road transport authority has identified 80 areas as accident prone in the district. The Collector directed the national highway authorities to check the places and take measures to control the accidents at those places.
The next monthly meeting on road safety will be convened on July 18.

By VKL Gayatri

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