Chief Minister asks officials to take steps to minimize road accidents in state

Ranchi (By our correspondent): Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that human life is very precious therefore all efforts needed to be made to reduce the road accidents as causalities lead to breaking up of families, therefore, all rules of road safety should
be strictly implemented. 

Chairing the meeting of the state road safety commission at the project building here he said that in such places were most accidents take place one kilometre prior to that signage should be erected to warn the people. He said that CCTV monitoring should be done for speed driving and those who break the rules. The Chief Minister said that the maximum speed limit for the heavy vehicles at the highways should be fixed at 70 Km/hr while that in the cities it should not be more than 40 km/hr similarly those of the two-wheelers should be 60 km/hr on highways and 40 km/hr in the cities.

He said that hoarding detailing speed limits should be put up at several places. Mr Das said that maximum deaths are caused due to two-wheeler accidents, therefore, the wearing of helmets should be made compulsory and also asked to create awareness among the people. He said that apart from creating awareness among the people special vigil should be maintained where school children go to school on two-wheelers and people should be also encouraged not to over take. The Chief Minister directed to increase the number of ambulances on the highways so that they can reach easily on accident spots as timely medical aid can help in saving many precious lives.

He said that to encourage people to run for safety programme should be run and social media platforms should be used. Mr Das suggested that highway patrolling vehicles should also be used for keeping an eye on rules violations but they will not be able to collect fine and in case any report is received than strict action would be taken against them. In the meeting, it was informed that there are 143 black spots in the state where special work is being done and it was due to it that in the third quarter accident death rate has declined. On the other hand, a special campaign has been launched for drunk and drive while checking of helmets and seatbelts are also being done.

Those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Sudhir Tripathi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Suni Barnwal and
other senior officials.

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