Many fatal accidents are due to negligence and drunken driving, he says
P. Umapathi, SP (urban), has asked NGOs and government organisations to enlighten the public on road safety measures to avoid accidents.
Addressing a meeting held in connection with the Road Safety Week at the RTC depot here on Thursday, he attributed the cause of fatal accidents to negligence of drivers and failure to follow safety measures. He said that though the number of accidents on State highways and other internal roads came down last year, the accidents on the highway were yet to be controlled. He referred to the accident last year in which five medical students died while proceeding to Kakinada to participate in a cricket match. He also mentioned about road accidents that occurred due to negligence and rash driving of RTC buses in urban and rural areas.
The SP pointed out that alcohol was one of the main reasons for accidents and asked the RTC drivers to be cautious of the vehicles coming in the opposite direction.
Y. Jagadeesh Babu, Regional Manager, RTC, East Godavari Region, said the accident rate in the region was 0.11 i.e. one accident for every 10 lakh km and last year it was 0.14 which indicates decline in the accident rate. He said that breath analyser test for drivers during their duty hours was must and only experienced drivers should be assigned for long routes. He also said the corporation was taking measures to enlighten drivers on safe driving during rainy season, regular health check-up for drivers and training for those who were not up to the mark in driving. He praised K.V. Rao of Razole depot, who won the Best Driver award of the State and G.P. Raju of Kakinada depot and N. Nageswara Rao of Ravulapalem depot who stood first in the Vizianagaram Region.
Mr. Umapathi and Mr. Jagadeesh Babu felicitated the best drivers.