Despite mass awareness campaigns and enforcement drives, the graph on road traffic accidents stubbornly refuses to come down, going by the statistics of accident victims. A comparison with last year’s data revealed that the number of accident cases treated at MGM Medical College and Hospitals had gone up in all but one of the first five months this year.
On Monday, Kanchan Pal, 22, a resident of Vijaynagar in Golmuri, was killed on the spot and Jay Dutta, (22), a resident of Kadma, was seriously injured when their bike rammed into a divider on Kadma-Sonari marine Drive near Ghodababa temple under Kadma Police Station. Jay has been admitted to Tata Main Hospital. Police said none of them was wearing helmet.
Three persons, including a woman, were injured in a road accident near Gamharia Ghoda Baba temple on the Adityapur-Kandra man road on Tuesday.
Sources said the incident occurred in the morning when two youths riding a motorcycle were on their way to Adityapur from Gamharia. Just then, the bike hit a woman crossing the road, causing severe injury in her head. After hitting her, the motorcyclist lost his balance and rammed the vehicle into a stationary Tata 407 mini truck parked on the roadside. Both persons were injured in the incident. The three victims were taken to MGM Hospital, police said.
Concerned over the rash-driving by the heavy vehicles and fatal mishaps taking place repeatedly in the city, district police also convened a meeting of the traffic police officials.
“Something has to be done to reduce the speed of vehicles near human habitations. There is no use in putting up boards showing speed limits or marking accident prone zones. The road has not improved our lives beyond providing better connectivity,” said Mohammed Nizam of Mango.
"We will see to it that rash-driving is checked with immediate effect, and for this we will look into exactly how many cases related to the road accidents have been registered and if the drivers who are accused of causing the mishap are being convicted," said a police official.
He revealed that he would make the traffic police officers and also those posted in the police stations across the steel city to ensure that drunk driving is checked completely by pressing the necessary testing equipment immediately after a mishap takes place.
Another senior police officer also pointed out that he was going to curtail the rash-driving by the two-wheelers, especially the youngsters. He said he would stress whether the investigation into the cases related to the road mishaps were being pursued properly.