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Odisha Police Moots 'National Highway Patrolling System' To Check Accidents

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26 February 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: Over-speeding is a major cause of fatalities due to accidents on National Highways. To keep a tab on this, Odisha police would soon introduce a well-networked NH patrolling system in coordination with the Transport Department, DG Police Dr RP Sharma said.

The National Highway Patrolling System would be started on a pilot basis on five major stretches in the State. The system would be extended to all major national highways.

Addressing mediapersons on the sidelines of a Road Safety workshop organised by CID, CB here on Tuesday, Dr Sharma said that Police have taken many steps for enforcement and road safety. But there are a number of other factors linked to overall safety of motorists, which include, emergency care and road engineering.

The fatalities in road accidents need to be reduced by 10 percent every year as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court empowered committee. "It is unfortunate to note that fatalities are on a rise every year in Odisha. In 2018, more than 5,300 people died in road accidents. The number was 4,700 in 2017," he added.

The automatic traffic signaling system currently in place in Bhubaneswar would be extended to other cities. The traffic volunteers have been extended to six other cities, apart from Bhubaneswar. “Medical attention is another grey area which needs to be addressed. The number of trauma centres should be increased so that the injured can reach these places at the earliest. The ambulances need to be well networked with the hospitals,” he added.

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Dr RP Sharma, DG Police, Odisha