Taking cognisance of the rising death toll due to road accidents, the Regional Transport Office (RTO) will be conducting a three-day campaign in Dehradun district with the help of local police starting today. In the video conference chaired by Transport Secretary Shailesh Bagauli on Tuesday evening, it was stated that most of the accidents in city area happen between 12 PM and 3 PM and 6 PM to 12 AM. Similarly, in rural areas maximum accidents happen in morning between 6 and 9 AM.
Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO) Arvind Pandey said, “The campaign will be conducted in three time slots for three days starting from June 20. One team will be conducting the campaign in Vikasnagar, one at Rishikesh and three in Dehradun city. The major violations on which they will charging penalties are drunk driving, over speeding, over loading, rash driving, speaking on the mobile phone while driving or riding, use of high beam at night, riding without helmet and driving without the seat-belt on. The teams will be submitting daily reports to RTO office.”
It is important to mention here that in the financial year 2017-18 about 1,468 accidents were reported across the state which resulted in the deaths of 1,047 people and left 1,571 seriously injured. Dehradun had the third highest number of accidents with 317 reported, resulting in 137 deaths and 254 injured. Udham Singh Nagar has the highest number of road accidents with 356 reported, 226 deaths and 260 injured. Haridwar has the second highest number of accidents with 345 reported, 200 deaths and 306 injured. Pithoragarh has the lowest number of accidents with 10 reported, eight deaths and 10 injured.