Bhubaneswar, Oct 13 (LocalWire): The state government sanctioned additional monetary grants to Regional Transport Offices for well-orchestrated road safety sensitization campaigns throughout the state after the rise in road accident fatalities.
The government sanctioned funds ranging from Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh to RTOs for further invigorating road safety standards by way of campaigns to sensitize people.
According to statistics, 5,315 people were killed in road accidents in 2018.
The rate continues to go unabated this year too.
The state accounted for the loss of 35,000 human lives due to road accidents in the past decade.
The RTOs have been directed to involve civil society groups, non-government organizations and students in the sensitization programmes which would include seminars, awareness camps and involve youths.
Learners’ license counters will also be set up at educational institutions, community centres and other important locations in urban areas, said G Srinivas, principal secretary, commerce and transport.
In view of the state-wide resentment against levying of hefty penalties as per the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2019, the state government had earlier announced a three-month relaxation up to 31 December in aggressive implementation of the amended rules.
The decision was taken to allow police and transport authorities create better awareness and provide adequate time to the vehicle owners to ensure compliance.
The transport department has been asked to augment public services, strengthen facilitation centers, open extra counters and conduct camps in public institutions to enable the vehicle users to update their compliance status, officials said.
Road accident casualties registered an upswing by 11% in the state.
The Apex court had earlier directed state governments across the country to bring down the road accident graph by at least 10% on a yearly basis.