BHUBANESWAR: The state government has decided to create a road safety commissionerate for effective implementation of traffic rules and to reduce fatalities in the state. While the commissionerate will function under the administrative control of the commerce and transport department, an inspector general of police (IGP) will head the wing as road safety commissioner.
“Considering the severity of road accidents and fatalities and the need for effective implementation of traffic rules, it was decided to set up a road safety commissionerate. An officer in the rank of IGP is to be posted to function as road safety commissioner,” read an official proceeding at a recent meeting chaired by chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra.
At present, a lead agency of the transport department comprising representatives from transport, home, health, excise, works, school and mass education and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been tasked to draft strategies to reduce road accidents and fatalities.
These officers will work in the proposed road safety commissionerate. The commerce and transport department will develop a detailed proposal in this regard, it was stated in the meeting. Besides, the government has planned to create posts of 500 police personnel in various ranks for effective traffic management in the state.
The collectors will set a target to reduce accident deaths by 10% in 2021. Accordingly, an action plan will be developed in consultation with SPs, RTOs, road owning agencies and NGOs.
Enforcement against wrong side driving and drink driving will be intensified. Disposable pipes will be used while subjecting drunk drivers to breathalyser test,” the proceeding stated. The government has also decided to impart basic knowledge on driving regulations, road markings, signage and first-aid to applicants prior to a learners licence test.