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Constant vigilance brings down 44 % decline in accidents on Motorways, National Highways.

ISLAMABAD -- Strict enforcement of laws against careless driving has brought down ratio of accidents on Motorways and National Highways which reached 428 during last year, registering 44 per cent reduction in their occurrence.

The number of accidents on Motorways and National Highways was 758 during year 2016, a comparative statement of accidents occurred during last two years revealed.

'With grace of Allah Almighty and able working of National Highway and Motorway Police (NH and MP), ratio of accidents successfully brought down by 44 per cent, deaths by 21 per cent and injuries 25 per cent in year 2017,' official sources said on Sunday.

The sources said total 2213 accidents occurred during last three years including 1026 fatal and 1187 non-fatal.

The number of accidents occurred during 2015 was 1027 including 443 fatal and 584 non-fatal, during year 2016, the total number of accidents was 758 including 347 fatal and 411 non-fatal while year 2017 witnessed 428 accidents including

236 fatal and 192 non-fatal.

Regarding steps taken by government to control accidents on

motorways and national highways in country, the sources said these included strict enforcement against careless driving i.e. registration of FIRs under section 279 PPC in case of careless driving.

In addition to that careless drivers are produced before concerned court of law under section 75 NHSO and 99 MVO with request for imposition of fines and imprisonment.

The other steps were briefing and education regarding road safety to road users by distributing road safety materials (stickers, pamphlets and leaflets) at Toll Plazas as well as through MEUs (Mobile Education Unit), and road safety seminars, campaigns and walks at beat and sector level are arranged on road side hotel/ pumps, trucking stations, school, college and universities to aware drivers regarding road safety.

The sources said in addition to that, seminars, walks/ counseling and briefing sessions are conducted for drivers of LTVs, HTVs and PSVs regarding mechanical fitness of vehicles, checking of tyres with treads and air pressure gauges at toll plazas to prevent tyre burst accidents, extensive use of day and night speed checking cameras by utilizing speed checking camera to avoid accidents occurred due to over speeding and anti-dozing points are established to avoid accidents due to dozing at wheel.

The sources said surprise and random checking of vehicles at night time was being ensured to check physical status of drivers while FM-95 Radio was playing major role in educating masses on road

safety by providing travel advisory and information on weather

and road situations.

Moreover, the sources said Road Safety plan and framework document for National Highways and Motorways Police (NH and MP) have been prepared by Ministry of Communications in consultation with NH and MP, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Institute of Space Technology

(IST) and many other Federal Line Ministries while Driving Licensing Authority at Islamabad has been established,

with its online offices in Kamra, Sheikhupura and Lahore which

aims to produce better drivers on the Motorways and Highways.

The sources said Road Safety Training Institutes has been established at district level to provide driving skills of international standards to general public while Road Safety Chapters have been prepared by NH and MP for Class I-XII which have been sent to relevant federal, provincial, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir governments for inclusion in the curriculum. aa
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 26, 2018
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