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Between January and February 2022, 21 passengers were killed in 43 accidents on expressways and national highways. The Transport Commissioner said that 14 deaths had been reported in 30 accidents in two months this year. Serious accidents, minor accidents have also decreased during this period. In two months this year, there were 13 serious accidents and three minor accidents. During the same period last year, 16 serious accidents and seven minor accidents were reported.
During the three months between December 2022 and February 2023, action was taken against as many as 22 thousand 745 vehicles that break traffic rules. Most of these steps were taken to break the speed limit itself. This action was taken against 5 thousand 18 vehicles that were accused of speeding. It is mandatory to use a seat belt when driving on highways. RTO teams have taken action against as many as three thousand drivers of 951 vehicles who have forgotten their seat belts. Using mobile phones while driving at high speeds on highways leads to accidents. The use of mobile phones is increasing by creating public awareness about this. Action was taken against 206 drivers in January and 333 in February this year.
A safety drive is being implemented from December 1 to make the Mumbai-Pune road accident-free. The Transport Commissioner said it will continue for the next three months.
Focus now on …night traffic!
In the last three months, due to consistency of action, counselling, RTO teams providing immediate assistance after an accident and positive response of drivers to the safety campaign, the number of accidents has reduced. Now efforts are being made to reduce accidents along with streamlining the night traffic at the ghat, the state road safety department said.