Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Road accidents involving youngsters on the rise

Jamshedpur : Despite mass awareness campaigns and enforcement drives the graph on road traffic accidents stubbornly refuses to come down, going by the statistics of accident victims.

A comparison with last year’s data revealed that the number of accident cases treated at MGM Medical College and Hospitals had gone up in all but one of the first five months this year.

On Tuesday a 22-yearold youth was killed and two others injured in separate road mishaps taken place
in Parsudih and Bistupur police stations area of the city.

The victim who was killed was identified as Vivek Prajapati, a resident of Mukhiya Danga in MGM police station area, where as those sus- tained serious injuries were identified as Awdhesh Singh (45) and Shiv Kumar Prasad (40), both residents of Dimna Road in Mango.

Vivek who worked as a cleaner in a truck was killed on the spot at 2.30 am today, when he was run
over by a speeding dumper at Khaasmahal on StationKarandi Road under Parsudih police station area.

Officer-in-charge, Parsudih police station, Bipin Kumar said that he had recovered the body from the scene of mishap immediately after the accident took place.

“We have seized both the vehicles and registered a case against the unidentified dumper driver and seized the vehicle,” said Kumar.

According to information the number of fatal accidents is more on the 8-km stretch between Bistupur, Sakchi and Mango.

Most fatal accidents occur between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Amajority of them (close to 50 per cent) involve pedestrians.

Concerned over the rash- driving by the heavy vehicles and fatal mishaps taking place repeatedly in the
city, district police also convened a meeting of the traffic police officials.

“Something has to be done to reduce the speed of vehicles near human habitations. There is no use in
putting up boards showing speed limits or marking accident prone zones.

The road has not improved our lives beyond providing better connectivity,” said Mohammed Nizam of Mango.

“We will see to it that rash-driving is checked with immediate effect, and for this we will look into exactly
how many cases related to the road accidents have been registered and if the drivers who are accused of
causing the mishap are being convicted,” said a police official.

He revealed that he would make the traffic police officers and also those posted in the police stations across the steel city to ensure that drunk driving is checked completely by pressing the necessary testing equipment immediately after a mishap takes place.

Another senior police officer also pointed out that he was going to curtail the rash-driving by the two wheelers, especially the youngsters.

He said he would stress whether the investigation into the cases related to the road mishaps were being pursued properly or In another mishap two men were seriously injured as the bike they were riding was
hit by another biker near Jubilee Park gate under Bistupur police station area at about 11.30 am.

The biker, a youth in his mid-twenties, who caused the mishap had also fallen down with the bike, but he
escaped unhurt as he had put on a helmet.

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