Bhubaneswar: In order to curb fatalities on NHs due to over-speeding, the Odisha Police is likely to introduce a National Highway Patrolling System in association with State Transport Department, the Director General of Police (DGP) Rajendra Prasad Sharma said today.
Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a Road Safety workshop organised by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Crime Branch (CB) here on Tuesday, the DGP said that the State Police is taking all necessary steps on road safety.
Sharma informed that the NH Patrolling System would be launched on a pilot basis on five major stretched in the State. Later, the system will be extended to all major NHs.
However, there are also other factors linked to the overall safety of motorists including emergency care and road engineering, the Odisha DGP said, adding that the fatalities in road mishaps need to be reduced by 10 per cent every year as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court empowered committee.
“As per reports, the toll of fatalities in road accidents is going up every year in Odisha. Road accidents have claimed more than 5,300 lives in 2018 and 4,700 in 2017,” DGP Sharma said.
The automatic traffic signalling system currently installed in the State Capital would be extended to other cities. Apart from Bhubaneswar, the traffic volunteers have been extended to six other cities in Odisha, Sharma added.
Laying stress on other aspects, Sharma said that medical attention is another area which needs to be addressed and the number of trauma centres should be increased so that the injured can reach these places at the earliest. He further added that the ambulances need to be well networked with the hospitals.