Transport officials across the State have started putting reflective stickers on the horns and necks of cattle to help people to easily spot stray cattle sleeping on roads, including National Highways, from a distance during night hours.
Transport Commissioner Sanjeeb Kumar Panda held discussions with Regional Transport Officers (RTOs) following which the decision was implemented.
Stray cattle are posing serious problems on the vehicular movement on the city roads and NHs. So it was decided to put reflective stickers on the horns and neck of the stray cattle, said Panda.
Reports from RTO offices from Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Nuapada, Baripada revealed that the initiative has been praised by drivers.
With rise in road accidents, the State Transport Authority (STA) is taking several steps to curb accidents on roads and highways, and it is one of such steps, said Panda.
Due to accidents on NHs, about 43,000 persons havedied in over one lakh road accidents in the State during the last 10 years.
According to information submitted in the State Assembly recently, as many as 3,079 persons had died in 8,181 road accidents during 2008. In 2018, as many as 8,292 road accidents were reported in which 3,817 persons died and 8718 were injured.