Road accident laws must have more teeth, says home minister

  • HT Correspondent, None, Jaipur
  • Updated: May 08, 2015 17:48 IST

A day after actor Salman Khan was released on bail within three hours of conviction in a 2002 hit-and-run driving incident, state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria, on Thursday, said that Indian laws pertaining to road accidents were not stringent enough.

“Accident karo aur do ghante mein ghar chale jao (go home within two hours of an accident),” said the minister, while addressing the concluding session of the two-day National Conference-2015 on road safety at Rajasthan Police Academy.

Making a strong case for stricter legal provisions, he said: “Kanoon ka danda chahiye (we need the cane of the law).” He said talks were on at the national level to treat deaths in motor accidents at par with murder.

Expressing dismay over the fact that Rajasthan ranked fifth among states in road accidents, he said: “About 1,500 murder cases are registered every year here (in the state), while more than 10,000 people die in road accidents,” he said.

“Good roads have been constructed and there are six lane highways now. But there is no sense of following lane system when there is no speed control,” Kataria said, adding that nothing would change unless human conscience changed.

The veteran politician maintained that it was not tough to implement legal provisions, but a ‘just’ legal enforcement was needed.

Addressing the gathering ML Kumawat, vice chancellor of Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur, said road accidents were increasing in India while in other countries like China they are decreasing. He said the university’s Centre for Road Safety, which is the coorganiser of the conference, should compile initiatives and send recommendations to the police.

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