Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, Nov 22: Concerned over frequent road accidents and fatalities, the Seraikela-Kharsawan district administration has pledged to bring the number of road accidents down to a minimum.
In a meeting of the District Road Safety Committee on Tuesday, the Seraikela-Kharsawan Deputy Commissioner Arava Rajkamal said that curbing road accidents and fatalities is a top priority for the district administration. District Transport Officer, Dinesh Ranjan, presented the accident report collated by him for October.
Ranjan informed that 13 road mishaps had occurred in the district during October in which 11 died and four were injured. He also said that four accident-prone zones have also been identified within the district. Traffic inspector, Sushma Kumari, said that during October the traffic department had collected fine worth Rs 13.23 lakh. The state excise department officials also conducted raids on 17 spots where illicit liquor was being sold arrested six persons and recovered fine worth Rs 1.29 lakh.
Officials who took part in the road safety meeting also discussed means to bring down the number of road mishaps and also about given compensation to the victims and raising awareness among the people. Rajkamal said that bringing the road mishaps under control is everybody’s responsibility and also called upon the people to help the police and district administration in accomplishing this.
The DC also instructed officials to set up no-parking boards in areas that are prone to traffic congestion, and banners informing commuters about the traffic norms and penalties for flouting rules.
Rajkamal also directed traffic and police officials to keep an eye on weekly markets, increase patrolling in accident prone areas and to take strict punitive action against those who are found driving vehicles on the wrong direction.
In order to improve awareness, the DC directed the officials to establish contact with the education department and coach the students of schools and colleges on traffic discipline, road safety and dangers of flouting traffic rules.