PORVORIM: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that most road accidents result from rash and negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
The Chief Minister’s statement came a day after the first fatal accident was reported at New Zuari bridge.
Expressing concern over rising road accidents and related fatalities, Sawant said that the department of PWD, transport and police are coordinating to implement various measures to reduce the accidents.
“Compared to the other states, the vehicular population in the State is very high. Vehicle density compared to our population is highest,” he said.
Sawant said that most accidents have occurred due to rash and negligence is non-following rules.
“Drunken driving and overtaking are also the cause of rising fatalities,” he said.
He said that his government will take steps to completely stop drunk driving in the State since 95 per cent of the road accidents at night had been cases of alcohol influence.
Sawant said that the maximum accidents at night are drunk driving cases and full-speed driving cases where people lose control of the car and there is an accident.
“Drunk driving has to stop. Only imposing fines is not enough for strict implementation; whatever changes must be made in the law will be made in a few days. We will find a solution to stop this fully,” Sawant said.
According to data, around 217 people died between January and October this year, 51 more than last year’s figures during the corresponding period.
The State has recorded 2,495 accidents during the ten months, with 202 accidents that resulted in instant death. The info also reveals that 126 cases of deaths were bike riders.