Road accident tribunals formed for Pulwama, Awantipora

A meeting on Friday discussed creation of road safety fund , improvement of road safety markings points, elimination of black spots, lighting of road sides, establishment and auditing of trauma care centers and marking and signage at accident-prone places.

The meeting also discussed road safety audit, speed calming measures, violation of Ribbon Development Act, using of reflectors at checking points, reservation of seats for women and handicap persons in buses and minibuses, checking of charging arbitrary passenger fares, measures to evade traffic congestion points like schools and market areas.

The District Road Safety Committee meeting was chaired by district development commissioner Abid Rashid Shah who is also the chairman of Committee.

Separate Special Investigation Tribunals were constituted for Pulwama and Awantipora police districts.The mandate of the SITs will be to ascertain the details of the accidents happened in the last five years so that the research methodology could help in identifying the common cause of accidents along with vulnerability mapping of accidents prone areas.

The SIT meeting every month would decide the policy to minimise and avert road accidents. The SITs will be headed by respective deputy superintendents (Hqr) of the police districts, having assistant engineer R&B, motor vehicle inspectors and an official from traffic police as its members.

The DC also ordered that licences of the drivers caught using mobile phone while driving would be punched in the first and second instances but cancelled if caught third time.

He called for taking effective measures to curb traffic jam including removal of encroachments from the footpaths. He directed the assistant regional transport officer to ensure better traffic management in the district to avoid traffic jams in town. Municipal Committee authorities were instructed to remove vendors from road sides and footpaths particularly in the town.