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Assam Police advisory over rise in accidents

By Sanjoy Ray

GUWAHATI, Nov 30 - In a bid to check the rising number of fatal road accidents, the Assam Police, in an advisory, has directed Superintendents of Police (SPs) in all districts to initiate strict action against road construction companies that are found violating road safety guidelines while undertaking work on the National Highways.

It has also asked the SPs to form special police teams which would adopt a quick response mechanism to attend to emergencies on the National Highways from dusk to dawn, more so in the ongoing winter season, when visibility is a serious hindrance.

It has asked the SPs to identify accident-prone areas or��black spots��and pay special focus on those areas, vis-a-vis the speed limit of vehicles.

A total of 2,966 people were killed and 7,375 injured in 8,248 accidents reported in 2018. Occurrence of road accidents had risen by 15 per cent in 2018 over the previous year, while fatalities saw a spurt of 6 per cent and injuries rose by 19 per cent, according to a report compiled by Assam Police.

The advisory, according to sources, was issued after top police officials got into a huddle recently to explore steps to put a halt to the trend of rising number of deaths, especially on the National Highways in the State.

The advisory, apart from insisting on strict enforcement of the Motor Vehicles Act, also prohibits parking of heavy vehicles on highways.

�Road accidents have become a major area of concern for us. There is an ardent need to initiate proactive steps to arrest the trend. Majority of road mishaps are caused due to negligent and callous driving,� a top Assam Police official told The Assam Tribune.

According to the Assam Police report, 48 per cent of the total accidents had occurred on the National Highways while 26 per cent had taken place on state highways and other roads. Road accidents in the state had risen in 30 districts whereas four districts witnessed a dip.

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Assam Police advisory over rise in accidents

GUWAHATI, Nov 30 - In a bid to check the rising number of fatal road accidents, the Assam Police, in an advisory, has directed Superintendents of Police (SPs) in all districts to initiate strict action against road construction companies that are found violating road safety guidelines while undertaking work on the National Highways.

It has also asked the SPs to form special police teams which would adopt a quick response mechanism to attend to emergencies on the National Highways from dusk to dawn, more so in the ongoing winter season, when visibility is a serious hindrance.

It has asked the SPs to identify accident-prone areas or��black spots��and pay special focus on those areas, vis-a-vis the speed limit of vehicles.

A total of 2,966 people were killed and 7,375 injured in 8,248 accidents reported in 2018. Occurrence of road accidents had risen by 15 per cent in 2018 over the previous year, while fatalities saw a spurt of 6 per cent and injuries rose by 19 per cent, according to a report compiled by Assam Police.

The advisory, according to sources, was issued after top police officials got into a huddle recently to explore steps to put a halt to the trend of rising number of deaths, especially on the National Highways in the State.

The advisory, apart from insisting on strict enforcement of the Motor Vehicles Act, also prohibits parking of heavy vehicles on highways.

�Road accidents have become a major area of concern for us. There is an ardent need to initiate proactive steps to arrest the trend. Majority of road mishaps are caused due to negligent and callous driving,� a top Assam Police official told The Assam Tribune.

According to the Assam Police report, 48 per cent of the total accidents had occurred on the National Highways while 26 per cent had taken place on state highways and other roads. Road accidents in the state had risen in 30 districts whereas four districts witnessed a dip.