Reduce road accidents by 40% in Goa by year-end, says Parrikar

first_imgChief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday announced in the Assembly a multi-pronged action plan to bring down accidents in the State by 40% by the year-end.He was replying to a calling attention motion tabled in the Assembly by former Chief Minister and Congress MLA Pratapsingh Rane over the growing accidents in the State. Mr. Parrikar said last year, of the 336 people who died in 316 accidents, 96 were due to personal errors and 30 due to not wearing helmets.Mr. Parrikar directed stern action against police personnel found not complying with traffic rules. He said the number of vehicles in the State had shot up from around 7 lakh to 13.5 lakh in just last five years. Goa’s tourist arrivals have gone up from 26 lakh to 63 lakh. He said, “Every death is very serious and pains me.”Mr. Parrikar said he has asked all agencies including police, transport and public works department to work together to bring down the number of accidents by 30% to 40% between May 1 and December 31, 2017 as compared to the previous period. He said if “we manage to bring down the number of accidents from 300 to 200 per annum, it would be a great achievement.”Mr. Parrikar said the government has directed the education department to include traffic education in the school curriculum. To deal with habitual rule breakers, Mr. Parrikar has asked the police to not only impose fines on them but also make them attend three-hour remedial classes on traffic rules at the police station in the evening.Mr. Parrikar requested the Assembly members to give him 15 days to put a composite action plan in operation.In reply to a question, he said that drunk driving was also becoming a major issue as “Goans who are known to drink only at night have now learnt to drink in the afternoon too.”last_img

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