Maha un­safe ride: 13K died in road mishaps in state in 2018

12,511 DEATHS IN 2017 Drink driv­ing, lane-cut­ting to blame for rise: High­way po­lice data

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Jayprakash S Naidu

MUM­BAI: More than 13,000 peo­ple were killed in 35,957 road ac­ci­dents in 2018, up from the 12,511 deaths in 36,056 mishaps in 2017, ac­cord­ing to the data from the Ma­ha­rash­tra high­way traf­fic po­lice.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ma­ha­rash­tra high­way po­lice of­fi­cers, who col­lect data on all road ac­ci­dents and an­a­lyse them, hu­man er­ror —such as drink driv­ing, lane­cut­ting, speak­ing over the phone while driv­ing, etc — emerged as the main cause be­hind ma­jor­ity of the mishaps. Of­fi­cers said their main fo­cus this year is to in­crease en­force­ment and crack down on over-speed­ing.

Vi­nay Kar­gaonkar, ad­di­tional di­rec­tor gen­eral of high­way traf­fic po­lice said, “We will in­crease aware­ness as well as work on en­force­ment. We will send pro­pos­als to the re­gional trans­port of­fices (RTO) to can­cel li­cences of er­rant mo­torists. Mo­torists need to be more care­ful of their own safety and that of oth­ers.”

In the past two months, the high­way traf­fic po­lice sent 8,106 pro­pos­als to the RTOS across the state to can­cel li­cences of er­rant mo­torists.

Of this, 866 li­cences have been can­celled. They said they will try to get the rest of the li­cences can­celled to send a strong mes­sage to those who vi­o­late traf­fic norms.

Kar­gaonkar fur­ther said each po­lice sta­tion across the state has formed a spe­cial team, which in­cludes of­fi­cials from the pub­lic works depart­ment (PWD) and the traf­fic po­lice, to an­a­lyse each ac­ci­dent and find out its cause.

Their anal­y­sis also points to over-speed­ing, drink driv­ing, lane-cut­ting and speak­ing on the phone while driv­ing, as some of the of­fences for which the high­way po­lice will write to the RTOS to can­cel mo­torists’ li­cences.

The high­way po­lice have also been granted ₹15.45 crore to pur­chase equip­ment for en­force­ment.

Vi­jay Patil, su­per­in­ten­dent of high­way traf­fic po­lice, said, “We are go­ing to pur­chase in­ter­cep­tor ve­hi­cles, speed guns and other equip­ment for en­force­ment to crack down on traf­fic vi­o­la­tions.”

He also said they are work­ing in co­or­di­na­tion with the PWD and other con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to en­sure all pot­holes, which is an­other rea­son for ac­ci­dents, are filled as soon as pos­si­ble.

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