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Road safety drive launched across Uttar Pradesh

The superintendents of police have been asked to ensure that policemen do not indulge in illegal collection during the drive, they do not either misbehave with people or harass patients, physically disabled persons, women and senior citizens during the drive.

lucknow Updated: Jul 28, 2017 15:23 IST
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Daily, a large number of people die in road accidents across the Uttar Pradesh.
Daily, a large number of people die in road accidents across the Uttar Pradesh.(HT File Photo)

The State Traffic Directorate has decided to launch a two-week statewide road safety drive from Friday after chief minister Yogi Adityanath expressed concern for increasing deaths in road accidents in Uttar Pradesh. Secretary, home, Bhagwan Swarup said, “The two-week drive will continue across the state from July 28 to August 10.”

Prime reasons for deaths in road accident in UP
  • Driving two wheelers without helmet (59% deaths)
  • Driving four wheelers without seat belt (79% deaths)
  • Talking over mobile phones while driving (16%)
  • Driving above the speed limit (34%)
  • Driving after consuming liquor and intoxicant (16%)

“Action will be taken against those found moving on motorcycles without helmet, driving cars without seat belt, talking on mobile phones while driving car, those who have installed hooters, pressure horns, black film, driving vehicles above the speed limit and driving vehicles after consuming liquor,” he said.

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Earlier speaking in the State Assembly on Thursday, Adityanath said, “Daily, a large number of people die in road accidents across the state.”

Appealing to lawmakers to take initiative to check road accidents, he said, “There is a need for coordinated efforts by all the government departments. I held a meeting with the ADG, traffic, over the issue and discussed the measures required to check road accidents. There is need of public awareness over the issue.”

Bhagwan Swarup said in 2016, 19,320 people died in the state in road accidents. In a study conducted by the traffic department, it was found that 30% of the people driving two wheelers died in the accident and among them 59% were not wearing helmets when they met with accidents. Sixteen per cent of deaths were due to using mobile phones while driving while 79% victims died as they were not using seat belts while driving and 34% of the deaths were due to over speeding.

“Fifteen percent of people died as they were driving vehicles after consuming liquor or intoxicants,” he said.

The superintendents of police have been asked to ensure that policemen do not indulge in illegal collection during the drive, they do not either misbehave with people or harass patients, physically disabled persons, women and senior citizens during the drive.

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School and office hours should be taken care of during the drive. There should be no discrimination between the citizens during the drive.

The district police will update the Traffic Directorate about the drive regularly and send final report on August 12. Surprise checks will be conducted by traffic officers in various districts. Teams will be also sent for videography and still photography of the road safety drive.