LUCKNOW: Amid a spate of accidents due to fog, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday held a meeting on road safety and asked officials to follow the 5E formula of education, enforcement, engineering, emergency care and environment to bring down cases of fatalities caused due to accidents.
The CM also termed “worrying” the fact that while Covid claimed 23,600 lives over three years road accidents led to loss of 21,200 lives in just one year in 2022. The government will be carrying out a month-long campaign on road safety from January 5 to February 4. The CM said the responsibility for road safety is not just limited to one department and community effort is needed to prevent accidents.
“Other than poor road engineering, overspeeding, overloading, not using safety equipment and driving inebriated are the major causes. Most cases take place in large cities like Kanpur, Agra, Prayagraj, Aligarh, Bulandshahr and Mathura. Efforts should be made to focus on national highways and expressways linked with these cities. A task force should be set up to stop overloading,” he said.
Identify black spots, save lives: CM Yogi Aditynath
Amid a spate of accidents due to fog, Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath on Tuesday held a meeting and said that the responsibility for road safety was not just limited to one department and community effort was needed to prevent accidents. The CM said to address poor road engineering, PWD and NHAI should identify black spots and come up with short-term and long-term solutions to resolve the problems.
“Homeguards should be appointed along with traffic police to improve traffic management and it should be ensured that the registration number of a vehicle and the number on the FASTag are the same,” the CM said. In the accidents that took place last year, the CM was informed, 38% were due to overspeeding. Driving in the wrong direction led to 12% accidents while 9% were caused due to use of mobile phone when driving.
In the same period, 40% accidents took place on national highways while 30% took place on state highways. In this situation, the CM said, it is necessary to increase patrolling on expressways and highways. He said state road transport buses should be inspected regularly. Those buses that do not meet the fitness standards should not be used.
Emphasising on the need to provide immediate medical attention to accident victims, the CM said: “Departments of home, transport, PWD, health and expressway authority should work in coordination. There is a need to reduce ambulance response time and the injured should be taken to the hospital in the shortest possible time,” he said adding that trauma centres should have orthopaedic and neurosurgeons available.
The CM added that roads are not meant for parking.
“Parking facilities should be improved in cities. It is the responsibility of local administration to resolve the issue of illegal taxi stands. While constructing speed breakers, the convenience of people must also be kept in mind. Speed breakers should be of table top variety. Due to poor designing of speed breakers, people tend to avoid them by driving off the road which also often leads to accidents,” he said. Directing officials to increase awareness about road safety, the CM said that in the next 48 hours, large posters on road safety should be put up at prominent places across the state. He said the government needs to focus on raising awareness about road safety and for this school and college going students should be taught about rules and the subject should be included in their syllabus. “In basic education schools, children should be taught about road safety during morning prayers. Secondary schools should organise debates and essay writing competitions,” the CM said.





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