'UT needs dedicated cell to research accidents'

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 15, 2015 11:09 IST

Claiming to have conducted research on how to reduce the accident rate in Chandigarh, a 29-member road safety delegation from Australia has suggested the need to have a dedicated research centre for accidents wherein experts from engineering, road, traffic police and mechanical experts could research how an accident took place.

The delegation held a round-table conference at a local hotel on Wednesday as part of the Road Safety Week. They claimed that drunken driving, speeding, callousness towards pedestrians and other commuters and red light jumping were glaring issues, which had been causing accidents in Chandigarh.

Detailing preliminary research, Ashish Sharma, business development manager at Australian Trade Commission, said the movement of vehicles like scooters, motorcycles, cycles, cars and other four-wheelers at high speed on the same road had become a major reason for accidents, and lane system could control this.

He said they realised that at some roads, there was a need to construct speed breakers, besides educating drivers to give priority to pedestrians, which they found missing.

Sharma further said the Australian experts could work with various departments of Chandigarh administration and the police to control the accident rate, if the administration signed an agreement.

Sharing his experience, Dr Grayson Perry, Australian Trade Commissioner and counsellor commercial, said it was learnt that the administration was not probing all angles to ascertain reasons behind an accident.

He said audits of accidents should be done to understand the prevailing mistakes, and data should be compiled to devise ways to avoid accidents.

Dr Mark King, coordinator, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, Queensland, Australia, said in Chandigarh, a special wing, including research scholars from the university, should be involved to conduct research on accidents, as was done in Australia. “The government there is providing the wing data, following which the students submit their research with remedies, which can be adopted to curb accidents, and this has proved to be very helpful,” he added.

Meanwhile, Bhavana Garg, transport secretary, UT, said they had attended the meet to exchange views and get ideas for the city, but had not signed any official understanding.

Kharar- Landran road selected under pilot project

Ashish Sharma said the Punjab government had assigned them a project to study the reasons of accidents, and for this a stretch on the Kharar-Landran road had been selected. The stretch would be monitored by two road safety experts from Australia-based Urap International company for five days to assess black spots and reasons behind accidents.

The road to curbing mishaps

Dedicated research cell should be set up to study accidents. Currently, an accident analysis cell being run by the UT police is only conducting survey with cops instead of having experts from other departments.

Speed breakers should be set up after finding black spots on various roads where pedestrians become victims of accidents.

Research scholars of university should be involved for data analysis.

Regular audit and monitoring of CCTV cameras should be done to understand drivers’ behaviour.

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