After the imposition of Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 citizens everywhere have become alert about traffic offences.
Even though a fraction of population in the state is still objecting to the increased penalties and the amended sentencing provision, the state traffic law enforcers are indeed happy with the changes that have been made.
A traffic sub-inspector said that it is easy to blame the police for any horrible accident on the road, but in most of the cases the accident is caused due to traffic offence that has been committed by either the victim or the accused. According to the information provided by traffic directorate, from the month of January to August this year about 937 road accident cases have been reported, in which 581 people have lost their lives and 1,038 people were severely injured.
The cause of maximum number of road accidents was reported to be over speeding and rash driving — about 403 such cases were reported in which 227 people died and 397 were injured.
The second highest number of road accident cases in State is due to people’s tendency of driving on the wrong side.
About 112 road accidents cases have been reported under this category, in which 62 people were killed and 115 were injured. Third major cause of road accidents in Uttarakhand is people wrongly overtaking the vehicle moving ahead which caused about 96 accidents in which 54 people lost their lives and 103 were injured.
The traffic offence of drink and drive or driving or riding under the influence of other intoxicants is the fourth major cause of road accidents — 92 cases have been reported due to this factor in the state, in which 51 people lost their lives and 69 were injured.
Another traffic personnel said, “Corruption is in every department, but we face the maximum flack for it. Just because there have been few alleged cases of corruption on traffic police in Uttarakhand, that undermines all the good work that we have done. If you won’t break any rules, there will not be any room for corruption. However, people do not want to follow the rules, they think that by paying someone off they can get away with it. Now, after the amendment in MV Act, maximum number of people voluntarily have started following the rules.”
Dehradun Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Arun Mohan Joshi said, “It is our appeal to every citizen to abide by the traffic rules. Traffic rules are not only for your protection but also for the protection for those you are surrounded by. Rest assured, if any police personnel are found involved in any corrupt activity strict actions will be taken against them.”