Shillong: With one of the highest man-to-vehicle ratios in the country, especially in capital
Shillong, Meghalaya has been witnessing rising incidences of
motor accidents, a fact on which the assembly voiced concern
Giving a breakup of road accidents in the state over the
last four years, home minister HDR Lyngdoh informed said there
were a total of 136 road accidents in 2007, of which 62 were
fatal and 74 non-fatal.
The corresponding figures for 2008 was 189, 88 and 101,
for 2009 234, 100 and 134 and for 2010 so far, it was 144, 55
While 83 persons died in road accident in 2007, the
corresponding figures for 2008 were 129, 118 for 2009 and 61
in the current year, so far, the minister said in reply to a
query by Opposition legislator James Sangma (NCP).
Asked if use of mobile while driving was banned in the
State and if seat belts were in use and whether there were
speed limits, the minister said, ?Police department is
educating drivers on traffic rules by holding rallies?.
Pointing out that there was no imposition of ?lane
driving in Shillong, Sangma urged the government to bring the
state at par with the rest of the country vis-?-vis road
Independent Opposition MLA Manas Chaudhuri suggested
introduction of breath analyzers to check rampant incidences
of drunken driving.