Bhubaneswar, December 19 (LocalWire): Odisha has witnessed a 12 per cent drop in road accident fatalities after the enforcement of Motor Vehicle Act, 2019 provisions in the state.
According to State Transport Authority (STA) officials, the number of road accidents has also climbed down by 4.5 per cent as compared to the previous year after the Act was enforced in the state on 1 September 2019.
“The strict enforcement of the new law has led to the drop in road fatalities in the current year,” STA officials stated.
It may be recalled that the Supreme Court had in its earlier order directed the states to reduce road accident fatalities by 10% every year.
The Committee on Road Safety constituted by the Supreme Court is also keeping a close tab on the road accident scenario in the state, while suggesting ways and means to curb road accidents.
According to the STA data, while 4,882 people were killed during the nine-month period from 1 January to 30 September in 2018, the number has dropped to 4,115 people during the same period in 2019.
The government has initiated several measures to bring down road accidents including the deployment of 37 interceptors with speed detection radar and breathe analysers 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 an accident control measure,” STA officials stated.