Post Mortem

On rising number of road accidents

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/18/2020 2:10:46 PM IST

 “Good roads do not necessarily ensure safe travel but good roads should actually lead to safety and all-round development!”  – Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema

Globalization has brought about increased usage of vehicles which has in turn increased the level of hazards posing a threat to road safety. Needless to say, a well-metalled road in itself does not ensure safety to commuters but there are many aspects of road safety. It is a matter of grave concern that the rate of road accidents have increased manifold, especially in Dimapur. These accidents are occurring despite the fact that road development works are in full swing especially the four-lane highway which raises numerous doubts as to the credibility about the safety of these roads. Who is going to take the responsibility of the loss of innocent lives caused due to the sheer negligence about the safety standards of our State’s roads? In the context of Dimapur which is the busiest city in Nagaland, it is all the more necessary that proper and adequate safety measures are put in place. NPP Nagaland State would like to suggest the following measures that the State Government, authorities concerned and individuals can take up so that road accidents can be mitigated. The road safety measures should begin even before the road projects materialize or the roads are under upgradation.
1. There should be proper manning of vulnerable stretches of the Highways which can happen only if the Home Department increases the manpower of the Traffic Department by appointing new personnel as there is an acute shortage of manpower in the Traffic Department.
2. There should be proper barricading of roads especially in accident prone areas. Lanes should be clearly demarcated and strict rules should be imposed for lane driving.
3. Speed breakers should be constructed on the highways passing through commercial areas especially near educational institutions, hospitals and other vulnerable locations like intersections and junctions.
4. Proper and easily visible sign posts and reflectors and signal lights should also be installed at all stretches of roads especially at all the bends.
5. Proper and sufficient CCTV cameras should be installed at major intersections as well as vantage points of all important roads.
6. Government should provide adequate Emergency Ambulances especially dedicated for accident victims. Accident Trauma Centres should also be set up in all district headquarters for the accident victims.
7. The vehicles parking along roadsides especially on the highways during the night time should ensure that their parking or hazard lights are kept compulsorily on as many accidents have been caused wherein the vehicles ram on the parked vehicles. A serious note should be taken on this by all.
8. During festive seasons like Christmas and New Year, we request the Village Councils, Colonies and local bodies to assist the administration in vehicular movements to minimize road accidents. We feel that such interventions if brought about by the government and authorities concerned will go a long way in ensuring safety of the hundreds of commuters and save precious lives. However, even the general public must also cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to ensure safety on the roads. They must educate themselves about the traffic rules and regulations while also avoiding any kind of willful offences like overspeeding, driving under the influence of intoxicants like alcohol, overtaking from the wrong side, jumping lanes, using high beam lights at night, not using dippers, using mobile phones while driving, etc. We should keep in mind that as enlightened and resourceful citizens our duties are as important as our demands for rights. Let us all educate and change ourselves so that not only our roads but our society also remains safe at all times.
IPR & Media Cell
NPP Nagaland State

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