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Despite measures, no let up in road accidents.

Bhubaneswar: Despite several measures to curb road accidents and associated fatalities as many as nine districts have recorded an increase in road accidents in 2018 compared to those in 2007. Nuapada and Jharsuguda topped the list having a growth rate of 91.3% and 53.57% respectively in the state.

The state witnessed as many as 10,532 road accidents killing 4,463 persons in 2016 that rose to 10,855 road accidents with 4,790 fatalities in 2017. In 2018, there was a further rise with 11,262 road accidents killing 5,315 people, said an official.
This was revealed during a daylong workshop on road safety organized here on Tuesday by CID – CB, Odisha, and the State Transport Authority to raise awareness on the matter and sensitizeofficials to stay focused on reducing the accidents as well as fatalities in the current year.

Beside Nuapada and Jharsuguda, districts such as Kendrapara, Kandhamal, Bhadrak, Deogarh, Nabarangpur, Angul and Gajapati also witnessed an increase in road accidents during 2018. However, Sundargarh, Sonepur, Khurda, Rayagada and Boudh, among others, witnessed a fall in number of road accidents. “I congratulate the officials for successfully enforcement of road safety rules especially for over – speeding, drunken driving, driving without helmet and driving using mobile phone. The campaigns at Sonepur, Khurdha, Rourkela, Boudh and Sambalpur yielded results and the fatalities reduced there,” said DGP Rajendra Prasad Sharma.

Additional DG (Crime) Santosh Kumar Upadhayay said the problem of road accident is a serious concern.

“The advent of technology and increased mobility have aided road accident fatalities,” said Upadhayay.

He said Odisha Police have done extremely well by conducting campaigns at schools and colleges. “The enforcement of the road rules was really good that resulted in a realization of Rs.15.44 crores fine. Officials and field functionaries should remain proactive,” the ADG said.

Road accidents in 2018 increased by 11% while fatalities rose by 47.19% compared to the figures in 2017. The officials detected nearly 10.44 lakh motor vehicle offences in 2018.

Road accidents in 2018 increased by 11% while fatalities rose by 47.19% compared to 2017.

The officials detected nearly 10.44 lakh motor vehicle

 

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