SC road safety panel pulls up Odisha govt over fatalities | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANESWAR: The Supreme Court committee on road safety has observed that though over-speeding was responsible for more than 68% accident deaths in Odisha in 2018, the state has not made significant progress in checking speed limit violation.
In a meeting held last week, the committee, after observing the loopholes, directed that in view of increase in fatalities from 2014 to 2018 (9.5%, 3.7%, 7.3% and 11%), and between January and September 2019 (7.5%), the state should set up an administrative mechanism at the district level to ensure coordinated approach to deal with road accident deaths.
In case of achieving annual targets and making strategies to reduce fatalities, the committee said sincere efforts to reduce fatalities have not been made and observed that if the state level fatality data of 2018 is looked into, then the state’s strategy should be to focus on over-speeding, driving without helmets and not wearing seat belts among others.
The committee further noted that the state has identified 435 black spots on the basis of data pertaining to 2015-17. “The committee desires that the lead agency should regularly review the status of rectification measures taken by the respective road owing agencies and monitor the rectified black spots,” it said.
In case of vulnerable road segments, the committee directs that the lead agency should fix timelines for completion of long-term measures recommended by audit in consultation with concerned road owning agencies. The state has identified 193 vulnerable road segments where short-term measures were planned to be implemented by March 2020, sources said.

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