Hyderabad: Not every case of misbehaviour by a public servant is taken to the police or the media, but higher officials make sure that they pay. “Earlier, misbehaviour cases had gone to the extent of a police case under sections of MV Act or IPC, but imprisonment is something we’ve never heard of before,” said Mr M. Vinod Kanumula, chief functionary of the Indian Federation of Road Safety. There has been a significant change in the number of bikers wearing helmets after the penalty system kicked into effect recently.
“The penalty system has made the bikers wear the headgear but hope the authorities make a rule for the pillion riders and make them follow it as well,” Mr Kanumula added.
In a new report furnished by the road safety and railways department of Telangana state in March, it was revealed that road accidents had reduced by 2 per cent in 2017 as compared to 2016, and 617 lives were saved during the year.
Accident severity number of persons killed for 100 accidents also gradually reduced from 34.4 in 2014 to 33.5 in 2015, 31.4 in 2016 and 29.4 in 2017.
It increased from 28.5 in 2014 to 31.4 in 2016 in the rest of the country.
Dr Kamal Soi, road safety expert of the National Road Safety Council praised the Hyderabad police initiative.
“Enforcement is the key to road safety and accident prevention. The conviction taken up by the law is really appreciative. One can easily say that road safety wise, Hyderabad will be a safer city to live in,” said the expert....