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Nine deaths in one day wakes police up from slumber

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, February 06, 2014
First Published: 18:57 IST(6/2/2014) | Last Updated: 18:58 IST(6/2/2014)

The next time you find an accident victim on the road, don't hesitate to help, for the local police plans to give special recognition to such Good Samaritans.

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Taking note of three mishaps in the city on Wednesday which claimed nine lives, police commissioner Nirmal Singh Dhillon on Thursday announced to establish an "Accident Relief Fund" which aims to provide relief to road accident victims in the city, besides felicitating people who help them.

The police commissioner said with the fund, injured persons would be immediately sent to hospitals and given medical and economical help.

Dhillon added that due to heavy traffic in the city, road accidents took place in the city almost daily. Therefore, the police were trying their best to reduce the number of accidents, besides providing medical and financial help to the victims.

"To raise this fund, a Road Safety Committee will be formed on the district level, in which prominent persons from various NGOs, industry, hospitals and others fields would be inducted as members," the police commissioner said.

At present, the police have only one ambulance and a couple of recovery vans for sending injured persons to the hospitals.

Giving details of other steps that the police plan to take to check accidents, Dhillon said, "Entry of heavy vehicles is totally banned during 8am to noon and 5pm to 9pm. Likewise laws to prohibit loading passengers in commercial vehicles is being implemented strictly. Keeping in view safety of schoolchildren, transport committees are being formed to regularly check school buses."

Demanding cooperation from people, Dhillon appealed to parents not to allow their wards to drive without a valid licence. He further added that more than 10,000 reflectors had been placed on different vehicles under a special campaign by police.

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