Ratio of accidents to number of vehicles come down

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Special Correspondent

This is evident from the policy note of the Home department

  • Over-speeding, drunken driving are main causes for accidents
  • Police department to get 100 breath analysers to check drunken driving
  • Guidelines to be issue for operation of educational institution vehicles

    CHENNAI: Even as vehicular population in the State is constantly rising, the ratio of road accidents to the number of vehicles is on the decline.

    This is evident from the policy note of the Home department (Motor Vehicles Acts - administration), which was placed on the floor of the Assembly on Wednesday.

    M.S. Srinivasan, former adviser (roads) to the State Government, says that lack of mobility is one among the main factors responsible. Congestion of roads and adverse relationship between volume of traffic and capacity of roads are some of the contributory factors. However, he says the scenario requires a deeper study, by analysing aspects such as type of vehicles involved in accidents, roads that witness accidents frequently and the time in which accidents occur more.

    Road safety

    According to the policy note, a recent study of the Transport department reveals that over-speeding and drunken driving are the main causes for road accidents. To check this, an awareness campaign has already been launched. The department officials along with highway patrol intercept over-speeding vehicles on highways and initiate penal procedures against offenders.

    Concluding the debate on the demands for grants to the Transport department, K.N. Nehru, Minister, said 100 breath analysers would be provided to the Police department to check and control drunken driving. Painting of "bull's eye" on headlamps of vehicles would be made mandatory to avert accidents during nights. In view of frequent accidents involving vehicles that carried school students, the Government decided to issue guidelines for operation of vehicles of educational institutions, including change of colour of vehicles. The guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court would form the basis of the Government's actions.

    In the State, 87 emergency accident relief centres were now functioning. Due to their services, about 34,400 lives had been saved, the policy note said.

    An amount of Rs. 6 crore had been allocated from the Road Safety Fund for improvement works.


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