Bhubaneswar, December 16 (LocalWire): 97 per cent of road accidents being registered in Odisha are due to reckless over-speeding, said State Transport (STA) officials on Monday.
This apart, drunken driving, driving on the wrong side against the motor vehicle act provisions and use of mobile phone while driving has also contributed towards rising graph of road accidents in the State, they said.
Despite road safety measures being taken up by Odisha government under Supreme Court-monitored supervision,
The road accident fatalities continue to be on upswing with as many as 18,683 human lives lost in the past four years.
Odisha has registered 4,115 fatalities till November 30 in the current year. The human toll stood at 5,315 in 2018, the STA statistics on road fatalities stated.
While 8,203 road accidents had occurred in current year till the end of November, 11,262 accidents were reported in 2019 year.
The government has implemented several measures to bring down the road accidents including the deployment of 37 interceptors with speed detection radar and breathe analyzers to detect drunken driving.
Speed driving and all forms of traffic violations are strictly being intercepted. Retro-reflective tapes have been put in place along the accident-prone zones on the highways to reduce accidents.
Meridian intersection points with solar-powered blinkers have also been installed on the highways as accident control measure, STA authorities added.
The motor vehicle act violations like driving the vehicle exceeding the specified limit (over-speeding), red lighting jumping, drunken driving, driving against flow of traffic, using mobile while driving, dangerous driving, triple driving in two-wheelers, helmet-less driving, not wearing seat belts and overloading are being dealt with stringently and hefty penalty is being levied upon the violators under the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2019, they concluded.
Meanwhile, in an attempt reduce footfall in Regional Transport Offices, the State government has decided to introduce online single-receipt system from tomorrow, December 17.
“The applicants need not stand in queue in RTO counters to pay the service provider charges. Applicants can deposit both government dues & service provider charges online in a single click”, STA stated in its official twitter handle.