Bhubaneswar, Nov 22 (Localwire): The rate of road accident deaths is showing no sign of falling despite the Apex court’s directives to reduce fatalities by 10% every year.
The Committee on Road Safety constituted by the Supreme Court had earlier issued directions to all the states including Odisha government to initiate improvement measures and curb the fatalities.
However, fatalities instead, are on the rise. During 2017, the rate in which the road accident deaths increased was 7.33% while it climbed up to 11% in 2018.
The increasing trend was adversely viewed by the Apex court-appointed committee. The state is fast emerging as a major road-accident-fatality corridor in the country with casualties registering a massive upswing.
Road accidents have claimed a total of 5,315 human lives in 2018 while 4115 people were killed from 1 January to 30 September this year.
In 2017, the road accident toll was recorded at 4,790. In 2016, road accidents claimed 4,463 people.
The total number of road accident fatalities registered from 1 January, 2016 to 30 September 2019 was at a whopping 18,683 people, taking the graph upwards in the past four years contrary to the Supreme Court directions.
The government has initiated several measures to bring down the road accidents including deployment of 37 interceptors with speed detection radar and breath analysers to detect drunken driving.
Speed driving and all forms of traffic violations are being strictly 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, transport Minister, Padmanav Behera told the Assembly.