Over 4,000 die every year in road accidents in Punjab

Last Updated: Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 18:53

Jalandhar: As over 4,000 people die in
road accidents across Punjab every year, the state government
led by Parkash Singh Badal claimed to have paid Rs nine crore
as compensation to the road accident victims in the state so
far.

Transport Minister Mohal Lal, who launched a road
safety campaign in the city yesterday, said that around 640
cases for settlement of accident compensation are still
pending and assured that all the cases would soon be addressed
through the Lok Adalat.

Expressing concern over increasing number of accidents
and fatalities on roads, the Minister said the government is
taking urgent and immediate steps to substantially reduce road
accidents.

As part of the new initiatives, he said a road safety
campaign has been launched to create awareness about traffic
rules.

During the campaign, which will culminate on January 7
in Bathinda, a drive will be made against rash driving,
overloaded vehicles an underage drivers.

To check rash driving, he said speed control device,
which has already been installed in trucks and buses, would
soon be put in place in private vehicles also.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 18:53

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