To reduce road accident fatality in the state, the Road Safety wings of the Telangana police have implemented a multipronged strategy that includes identifying and correcting flaws in traffic management as well as training stakeholders in emergency trauma care.
Sandeep Shandilya, Director General (DG), Road Safety, stated that the immediate priority was to address serious traffic violations throughout the state.
“Every life matters to us. So after every accident, an analysis is done and suggestions sent to the local officials to prevent reoccurrence of it,” he said.
This year, a total of 6,149 people have died in road accidents across Telangana, compared to 6,208 during the same period last year. “We are focusing on curbing the overloading of passenger carrier vehicles on highways, towns and cities. If the vehicle is unfit, there are instances where three or more people have lost their lives in a single accident. Strict enforcement will bring down such accidents,” the DG (Road Safety) said.
The majority of major road accidents occur on highways, and there have been numerous instances where victims were not transported to trauma care centers on time, resulting in fatalities.
“To ensure victims get immediate first aid, we are training people who own businesses along the highways and those who reside in nearby villages, with first-aid skills. We identified 70 police stations where road accidents are high and around 300 people have been trained. On average, we are spending nearly Rs 1, 200 to train a person,” Sandeep Shandilya said.
The road safety wing also emphasizes the importance of canceling the driving licenses of serious violators.
“In certain violations like triple riding, rash driving and drunk driving, the drivers not only pose a risk for themselves but also for other road users. In such instances, driving license should be cancelled,” he said, adding that such measures would undoubtedly help to reduce fatalities.
More educational programs involving various stakeholders will be launched in the coming days. The road safety wing hopes that such initiatives will reduce fatalities by around 1,000 in the coming months.
“Public transport vehicle drivers should feel that they are bound to ensure the safety of the lives of passengers and not just focus on earning money,” Sandeep Shandilya.
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