Chief secretary holds high level meeting over Road safety

Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Secretary DK Tiwari as directed The secretaries of the various departments to make a joint effort in order to reduce the rate of road accidents in the state.

Reviewing the steps taken for road safety and the future course of action with the officials of transport road construction health police and education department at the project building here he directed to ensure that those injured in the road accidents are provided immediate treatment as most of the deaths in the road accidents are caused as initial medical treatment is not provided to the people which leads to excessive bleeding causing to the death.

He directed that on the highway at a distance of 50 km each of paramedical team along with an ambulance with first aid kit should be posted and the ambulance should be equipped with GPS system and linked with the police stations. He said that awareness regarding these facilities should also be made and also directed to implement ways and monitor so that 146 black spots which have been identified can be converted into a more easy road for travelling.

The chief secretary said that by 2020 the road accidents in Jharkhand has to be brought down by 50 per cent for which speed limits should be regulated and apart from Highway patrolling interceptor and cameras should be used. He said that despite all the efforts only 10 per cent decrease in the road accidents have been witnessed in the state therefore keeping in mind the blind turn for the speed limit information should also be displayed on the highway.

Mr Tiwari said that such speed breakers which have not been constructed as per the parameters should be regularised and stressed on the need for their minimum utilisation in the roads. He said that instead of speed
breakers traffic barriers should be put up on the roads which will help to reduce the speed of the vehicles and instructed that use of helmets and seat belts should be made compulsory and the pillion rider should also be encouraged to use the helmet. He said that on the main roads of the city indicators for going left or right or straight should be put up as it would also help to reduce the accidents. The chief secretary said that people should be made aware regarding the the measures to be adopted in case of accident for which help of the teachers should be taken so that they can made the students aware in their schools. He also suggested that one teacher from every government school should be trained as a super master trainer by the transport department and even people of the villages which are located near to the Highways should be educated about the ways of crossing the road.

During the meeting the estimate expenditures to be incurred on road safety was also approved.

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