122 deaths, over 900 injured in road accidents in 2 yrs

122 deaths, over 900 injured in road accidents in 2 yrs
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Kohima, April 30: Altogether 122 persons have died and 956 persons injured in road accidents during the last two years in Nagaland, an officer of the regional transport said today.
Senior District Transport Officer Kohima, Yaongsanglee Chang said in India there occurs a major vehicular accident every minute which adds up to 5,25,600 major road accidents in a year.
The death toll in these accidents stands at 1,48,920 in a year, Chang said while delivering keynote address during a one-day workshop on Road Safety Awareness as part of the observation of 29th Road Safety Week on the theme “Road Safety-Life Safety” at Capital Convention Centre here.
In Nagaland, he said that during last two years (2016 & 2017), there were 1,432 accidents cases, with 122 death and 956 persons injured.
“During 2016 there were 736 accidents, with 501 injuries and 59 fatality, 2017 saw 696 accidents around 5.5% decline in the number of accidents, 9% less injured at 455 injuries but 6% increase in the number of deaths at 63,” he said.
Road safety is the most neglected subject, he said, adding that it is as if we are immune to road accidents. Each one of us never realise that once we are on the wheels of a car or any other vehicle we are responsible for our own lives, lives of the passengers of our vehicle, hundreds of pedestrians that we may come across in due course of our journey, lives in the other vehicles too, he said.
He therefore requested everyone, saying “if you love your family, if you love your near and dear ones, please wear a helmet if you are driving a two wheeler, don’t forget you pillion rider too wears a helmet, please wear your seat belts because car air bags won’t work without your seatbelts on, check your tyres and drive save”.
Now with vast improvements in vehicles technology, most accidents these days are caused due to human errors, he said. The Senior DTO however lamented that in most cases of accidents unless there is an insurance claim the services of our technical officers are not sought to ascertain the actual cause of the accident.
“These technical reports can be used to identify areas, stretches of roads where accidents are frequent or more likely to occur and identify as black spots, blue spots , suggest improvement in road technology etc,” he said.
In his short speech, EAC Kohima Changsang said that most accidents occur due to negligence while also lamenting that the VIP culture of overtaking the vehicles has encouraged rash driving.
Maintaining that road safety should be the utmost priority, he suggested that schools should include a curriculum on road safety so that road signage and traffic signals can be learnt from childhood.
Technical session on traffic management in Kohima town by DSP (Traffic) Phillip Yanthan and road signs and penalties by Senior Motor Vehicle Inspector Tatongtemsu was also conducted as part of the workshop organized by Regional Transport Office Kohima, Transport Department. (Page News Service)