Action plan to bring down number of road accidents

A meeting of the Kerala Road Safety Authority chaired by Minister for Transport and Devaswom V.S. Sivakumar has decided to enforce traffic and motor vehicle rules strictly and to come up with an action plan to bring down the mounting road accidents in the State.

The meeting, attended by the Minister for Public Works V.K. Ebrahim Kunju; State Police Chief Jacob Punnose; Transport and Road Safety Commisioner A. Hemachandran; ADGP, Traffic, R. Sreerekha; Director, Natpac B. Sreedevi; Road Safety Expert M.N. Prasad; Health Secretary Rajeev Sadanandan; and Secretary, Transport, K. R. Jyothilal; decided not to show any leniency to those indulging in traffic violations.

The police and the MVD personnel have been asked to ensure the safety of pedestrians and morning walkers and two-wheeler riders.

Safety zones for pedestrians will be created on the main roadsides using ropes and by erecting railings along the footpaths.

Driving licence of those caught for drunk driving and for rash and negligent driving will be cancelled.

Road Safety Councils

Mr. Sivakumar said the Road Safety Councils of all districts would be convened to discuss the action plan for road safety. At the panchayat level, Traffic Regulatory Committees will be set up. The assistance of the Students Police Cadet, Voluntary Organisations will be sought.

The Chief Minister will convene a meeting of all concerned to discuss steps for ensuring road safety on February 14.