Cam­paigns fail to curb ac­ci­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

Af­ter 17 peo­ple died and 47 were in­jured in an ac­ci­dent on the Mum­bai-Pune Ex­press­way near Pan­vel this month, the Navi Mum­bai traf­fic depart­ment and RTO of­fi­cials will in­ten­sify penal­ties on er­rant high­way mo­torists.

The of­fi­cials have been con­duct­ing drives on the ex­press­way since the be­gin­ning of the month and have pe­nal­ized over 1,500 mo­torists so far.

Till May, eight peo­ple had died and 12 were in­jured in 12 ac­ci­dents on the high­way. Only 14 kilo­me­tres of this high­way falls un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Navi Mum­bai po­lice.

In the first five months of the year, 13 peo­ple died and 19 in­jured in ac­ci­dents on the old Pune high­way (NH 4). “Res­i­dents con­tinue to flout traf­fic norms and risk their lives. Blam­ing mo­torists for ac­ci­dents is not jus­ti­fi­able. In many cases, pedes­tri­ans are also re­spon­si­ble,” said a traf­fic of­fi­cer.

Sources re­veal that not just high­ways, but in­tra-city roads are ac­ci­dent-prone as well.

Sources from the Navi Mum­bai traf­fic depart­ment said 137 peo­ple died and nearly 280 were in­jured in road ac­ci­dents be­tween Jan­uary and May. In the same pe­riod in 2015, 134 died and 227 were in­jured.

In the first five months of the Thane-Be­la­pur road be­ing used, 12 peo­ple died in 27 ma­jor ac­ci­dents. As many as 21 suf­fered in­juries dur­ing this pe­riod.

On Palm Beach Road, four died and eight suf­fered in­juries in 11 ac­ci­dents be­tween Jan­uary and May this year.

“We have in­ten­si­fied drives against lane cut­ting, drunk driv­ing and jump­ing traf­fic sig­nals, not only on the high­ways, but on all ar­te­rial roads. We have de­ployed of­fi­cers in Vashi, Kopar Khairane, Nerul and Kharghar and pe­nal­is­ing er­rant mo­torists. Re­cently, nearly 250 peo­ple were pe­nalised within three hours at a junc­tion in Vashi,” said a se­nior of­fi­cer from the traf­fic depart­ment.

“Peo­ple do not fol­low traf­fic norms. Many do not wear hel­mets and seat­belts. Sig­nal jump­ing is com­mon among young mo­torists. They put their lives, and the lives of oth­ers at risk,” he said.

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