Rise in accident rate causes concern

Rise in accident rate causes concern

Lack of discipline among vehicle users has led to increase in the rate of accident in the taluk.

A slew of accidents were reported within a week’s time in the district, causing concern over road safety. More than 20 children were injured when their school van toppled Saturday night in Shidlaghatta taluk.

A couple of days ago two youths were killed on the spot in the accident involving their two-wheeler on Nandi Hills.

Several such cases of accidents were reported in Chikkaballapur town and on its outskirts in the last few days.

According to the statistics available with the officials, the highest number of accidents are reported in Chintamani, which is followed by Chikkaballapur.

Analysing the reasons for increasing number of fatalities on roads, police said that over the last five years, number of vehicles have gone up. Secondly, the vehicle users disregard the traffic rules and lack discipline.

“Youths ride the bikes even before they get licence. For them, riding two-wheeler is a fun and adventure. They throw all traffic norms to wind in their zeal to enjoy the speed,” said a police officer.

Despite giving cautions and conducting awareness programmes, riders don’t bother to wear helmet. Riders can protect themselves from dust and fatal injuries to head by wearing helmet. They don’t heed the caution due to certain misconceptions, the officer said.

Besides, traffic police should ensure that the traffic norms are strictly followed. They also should curb riding vehicles without licence and with no valid records, said Srikanta Sharma, a shop owner.

Drivers lose control over their vehicles on highways while speeding on the smooth stretch. If speed-breakers are installed accidents on highways can be averted, he said.

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