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Road safety council to analyse fatal accidents to take corrective steps

Panaji: The district road safety council meeting chaired by district collector R Menaka, on Wednesday, decided to select five fatal accident cases that occurred in different talukas of the state to analyse the cause of fatalities and take corrective measures.

The council wants to study the reasons for repeated road accidents and rectify it with an aim to reduce road mishaps by 50 per cent by the year 2020.

Accordingly, a six-member committee has been constituted, comprising of members from directorate of municipal administration, panchayat department, DySP (Traffic), executive engineer of PWD (Roads and National Highways) and assistant director of transport of enforcement cell, that will carry out a detailed study and submit report in eight days.

This year, a total of 3,087 road accidents have been reported till date. Of these, 244 were fatal in nature. As per the statistics, majority of those killed were two-wheeler riders with a total of 158 such riders losing their lives. Last year, 126 two-wheeler riders perished in road accidents.

The issue of numbering bus routes was also discussed and it was informed by the deputy director of transport that the process to identify routes by number was underway. It was also informed that the transport data directory was getting ready and it would be put up on the website.

The council members also deliberated on the issue of last-mile connectivity and felt that necessity of last-mile connectivity and type of mode of transport cannot be decided by the committee as it is an issue related to the rural parts of the state, mainly, Bicholim, Sattari and Pernem and, hence, feedback of such transportation must be obtained from the local panchayats.

Another issue of stocking, distribution and sale of non-ISI helmets was also discussed and it was decided to constitute a six-member team from department of civil supplies, legal metrology, commercial taxes, industries, trade and commerce, traffic police and Bureau of Indian Standard (Mumbai) to conduct special drives against illegal sale of substandard helmets.

It was also decided to create massive awareness on use of helmets before the new motor vehicle law gets implemented in the state.

In another decision taken in the district road safety council meeting, the excise department has been directed to submit a compliance report on display of ‘Don’t drink and drive’ board outside the retail and wholesale liquor selling shops following which an inspection will be carried out.

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