Drive on but crossing of tracks continues
The need to save time and the desire to avoid the cumbersome task of climbing foot over bridges prompts people to risk their lives and cross tracks, Government Railway Police Commissioner Tukaram Chavan said.Updated: Aug 04, 2010, 01:05 IST
The need to save time and the desire to avoid the cumbersome task of climbing foot over bridges prompts people to risk their lives and cross tracks, Government Railway Police Commissioner Tukaram Chavan said.
“In most incidents, the person crossing the tracks does not anticipate the speed of the train and still takes the risk of crossing tracks,” Chavan added.
Statistics available with the police reveal that there were 3,782 deaths in 2008.
The number came down to 3,706 in 2009. There have been 887 deaths between January and June this year.
The average number of deaths a month in 2008 was 315 but it dropped to 308 in 2009. The average for 2010 stands at 262 so far and the police attribute this to the success of the campaign against crossing tracks launched in 2008.
The GRP said the campaign is still active.
“The drive is an ongoing process. It is not conducted throughout the day but we frequently apprehend people crossing tracks,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police D.S. Chavan.
The minimum fine for crossing tracks is Rs 500 but this does not deter offenders.
“This attitude of risking everything to save a few minutes leads to problems. People should realise that railway accidents are not like road accidents. In most railway mishaps, the victim loses his life,” the commissioner said.