A spurt in road accidents and increase in the number of causalities has become a major cause of concern.
This not only calls for serious action by the government in the form of a concrete plan to tackle the problem, but the society should also contribute in spreading awareness.
This issue was raised by a gathering of people who had assembled to pay their tributes to Subhash Aggarwal, a leading rice miller of Jalalabad, who was killed in a road accident 11 days ago, besides three others in Guru Har Sahai.
As many as 15 persons have died, while several others sustained serious injuries in separate road accidents in different parts of the district in the last 10 days.
On October 7, a collision between an overloaded truck carrying paddy and a private bus on the Zira road resulted in the death of five persons and injuries to nearly a dozen.
The mishap occurred nearly 1 km from the Arraiyan Wala village in Makhu. The accident took place due to the alleged carelessness of the bus driver, who fled from the spot.
On October 8, four persons were killed, including Subhash Aggwarl, former vice-president of the market committee, Jalalabad, when the SUV in which he was travelling hit a motorcycle and then rammed into a tree. The accident occurred near Saide Ke Mohan village on the Jalalabad-Muktsar road.
On October 12, five persons died on the spot, while two others received serious injuries in a head-on collision near Kot Karoor village, near Talwandi Bhai, in Ferozepur.
Sukhdev Singh, leader of the labour union, was also killed in a road mishap on October 15.
The incident took place when the bus of a private transport company (PB-02-6595), on its way from Abohar to Amritsar, rammed into Singh's scooter (PB-05-K-2781) on the Makhu-Harikee road. The impact of the collision was such that the scooter was dragged to almost 100m. Singh died on the spot.
Infuriated over the incident, a mob went on rampage and set the bus on fire. However, the driver managed to flee.
State BJP chief Kamal Sharma, also present at the bhog ceremony of deceased Aggwarl at Jalalabad, said, "It is unfortunate that human errors are causing causalities. Not only the government, but people should also ensure to avoid rash driving, drunk driving and under-age driving. The authorities should sternly deal with the defaulters and exemplary punishments should be given."
Manminder Singh, SSP, Ferozepur, also present at the spot said their traffic wing had been directed to organise specials campaigns and camps at truck union offices, schools and colleges to stop traffic violations.
"Special check-points have been set up at major points of the area to keep traffic violations under check," he added.