Guwahati: At least 56 per cent of people who died in Assam in road accidents in the last 3 years were in the age group of 18-35 years.

A total of 23,191 accidents took place across the state from year 2018-2020 in which 8,803 people died. The worrying part is that about 56% of the fatalities were in the age group of 18-35 years, the most productive age group. 

These figures were revealed in the State Road Safety Council meeting on Tuesday which was chaired by Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary

Of all these accidents, 6,149 involved two wheelers. The noticeable point is that about 75% of the road accidents took place due to speeding, it was revealed. 

The state transport minister has asked NHAI, NHIDCL and state PWD to take steps and measures with respect to damaged signage, potholes, crash guards, rumble strips, etc., by February 2022.

As a measure to curb accidents, strict enforcement drive has been initiated throughout the state against driving without helmet by both rider and pillion, drunken driving, and speeding. The aim is to achieve zero accident on the last day of this year i.e. December 31.

“Between 31st December 2020 and 1st January 2021, 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. 

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 the 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, the Transport Minister flagged off 9 highly-advanced Traffic Interceptor Vehicles (TIV)s today at Assam Administrative Staff College.

The newly deployed TIVs will be operational in Baksa, Dhubri, Hojai, Karbi Anglong, Morigaon, Sivasagar, Kamrup, Lakhimpur districts, and will also 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.

It may be mentioned that the TIVs are fitted with Automatic Number Plate Recognition System (ANPR) Camera, which may be used not just in detecting speeding vehicles but also for other offences like non-wearing of helmet, seatbelt, etc., along with breath analyzers to enforce against drunken driving. 

The transport minister has called upon the people of Assam to abide by the traffic rules to make Assam accident-free and save precious lives.

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