Guwahati News Desk: Strict enforcement drive has been taken out throughout the State against driving without helmet by both rider and pillion rider, drunken driving and over-speeding of vehicles in order to achieve zero accident on the last day of this year. This exercise is being carried by Police, Transport and Excise department officials. Since December 1, more than 11,000 cases of riding without helmet have been detected by Transport department.
As a part of the initiative to achieve the goal of zero accident on the last day of the year and overall reduction of accidents throughout the State, Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary flagged off 9 highly advanced Traffic Interceptor Vehicles (TIV)s on Tuesday at Assam Administrative Staff College. The newly deployed TIVs will be operational in Baksa, Dhubri, Hojai, Karbi Anglong, Morigaon, Sivasagar, Kamrup, Lakhimpur districts and also will be used by the Central squad of the Commissioner of Transport. Earlier 15 TIVs were deployed and 11 Speed Guns were distributed for effective enforcement of traffic regulations.
Transport Minister Patowary called upon the people of Assam to abide by the traffic rules to make Assam accident-free and save precious lives. “On December 31, 2020 and January 1, 2021 alone 29 lives were lost in 69 accidents. By following all the traffic regulations, let us move towards 2022 with a pledge to make Assam roads accident-free,” appealed Patowary.
Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary also chaired the State Road Safety Council meeting on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by representatives from Assam Police, State PWD, NHAI, NHIDCL, Excise, Health, Education. The Minister reviewed the action taken by the stakeholders on implementation of road safety laws in the State.
During the meeting, it was discussed that in the last three years, from 2018-2020, the State has seen 23,191 road accidents which claimed 8,803 fatalities in these accidents. Of all these accidents, 6,149 two wheelers were involved. The Transport Minister asked NHAI, NHIDCL and State PWD to take proper steps and correct measures in respect of damaged signage, potholes, crash guards, rumble strips within February 15, 2022.