Worried over the spate of road accidents, chief minister Mamata Banerjee has sanctioned the slapping of murder charge under section 302 of IPC against motorists involved in fatal accidents. Even non-fatal accidents can lead to charges under section 307 for attempt to murder.
Bengal is among the top 10 states in road fatalities and the CM on Tuesday categorically warned motorists against flouting traffic rules. Any rash and negligent driving will attract the harshest legal measures, she said. Driving licences, for example, will be cancelled if traffic rules are violated for more than three times.
The CM announced the setting up of an independent State Road Safety Authority that will initially work in coordination with police and transport department, but replace RTOs (regional transport office) in the long run. In an effort to overhaul the entire traffic system, the state government has formulated a two-pronged strategy: to develop a traffic-friendly infrastructure and introduce stricter rules for traffic violation. An additional `road safety cess’ will also be imposed on vehicle registration and used for infrastructure development. “We will form a committee under the chairmanship of chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee with the secretari es of different departments as its members. They will prepare the line of action,” Mamata said. Two bills on road safety will be introduced in the winter session.
“The government has also identified certain black spots where CCTVs, watch towers will be set up. There will be round-the-clock monitoring in these areas,” the CM added.Congratulating people for abiding by rules and regulations during the `Safe Drive, Save Life’ campaign, the CM said, “Strong steps will be taken against drink driving and using cellphones behind the wheels. Driving licences will be cancelled if traffic rules are violated more than thrice”. Mamata said she has instructed the police to take harsh steps to cut down on reckless driving.”Car owners should take more responsibility while driving and pedestrians should be made aware of the traffic rules,” she added.
The chief minister also assured that the government will develop separate corridors for buses, trucks, small vehicle and bikes. “We will create a `clean corridor’ for medical emergency . As parking is huge problem in the city the government will also develop several multi-disciplinary Parkomats where all types of vehicles can be stationed,” she said.
Pvt bus mows down man near Alimuddin
A 30 -year-old man was run over by a private bus on AJC Bose Road near Alimuddin Street on Tuesday evening.Police haven’t yet been able ascertain his identity. The bus was travelling from Mullickbazar towards Moulali. He was taken to NRS hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Police said there was no witness and it was unclear how the accident happened.