BHUBANESWAR: Fatality charge in highway accidents in Odisha dropped by almost 11% in 2020 as in comparison with 2019. In line with the statistics of the state police, 4738 individuals had been killed in highway mishaps within the state final 12 months as towards 5333 deaths in 2019.
The federal government, nevertheless, continues to be involved regardless of a fall within the demise charge. “We had anticipated that the accident deaths would come down by at the very least 40% due to the Covid-induced lockdown final 12 months. Although there was restriction on the motion of autos for a number of months, accidents nonetheless occurred. That is worrisome,” a senior police official stated.
Going by the statistics, complete 9817 highway accidents had been reported within the state final 12 months as towards 11,064 accidents in 2019. “The accident charge has decreased by 11.27% and demise charge dropped by 11.15% in 2020. We’ll be sure that the accident deaths are checked this 12 months. Police and regional transport officers are being usually suggested to accentuate the enforcement actions towards violators of the highway security guidelines,” state transport secretary Madhu Sudan Padhi advised TOI.
The Supreme Courtroom Committee on Highway Security just lately requested the state authorities to punish site visitors violators by participating them in neighborhood service. In line with the amended Motor Autos Act 2019, neighborhood service is an unpaid work, which an individual must be made to carry out as a punishment for violating the provisions of this Act.
Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, the chairman of the committee, earlier got here down closely on the state authorities for its failure to deliver down the variety of accident fatalities. “Fatalities owing to highway accidents have constantly elevated from 2014 to 2019. Deaths between January and September 2020 got here down by 22% owing to the lockdown, primarily. The measures taken by the state authorities to test the fatality charge over the previous few years didn’t appear to have any seen affect,” the committee’s latest letter stated.
Cautious of the alarming highway security state of affairs within the state, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on February 1 launched freeway patrol initiative on 18 stretches of assorted state and nationwide highways. The freeway patrolling models have been engaged on completely different routes in Ganjam, Berhampur, Khurda, Angul, Bargarh, Rourkela, Balasore, Bhadrak, Puri, Jajpur and Cuttack to right away shift the accident victims to close by hospitals.