DB directives in PIL seeking direction for taking effective steps for preventing Road Accidents


JAMMU,Nov 20: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Bar Association Doda through its President seeking directions to Union of India and J&K State for taking the effective immediate steps for preventing the meance of road traffic accidents across the state and especially prone region of mountain locked Chenab Valley.
A Division Bench of State High Court Comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and First Puisne Judge Justice Rajesh Bindal after hearing S.A.Hashmi for the PIL granted two weeks' time to Chief Secretary to file affidavit as per order dated September 5, 2018 whereby Earlier Division Bench directed the ambulances, which are presently deployed are not Life Saving Ambulances, equipped with the lifesaving equipments including the paramedical staff. These ambulances can transport medical patients for treatment and in some instances will also provide immediate medical care to the patients. It is further stated that in case the Life Saving Ambulances equipped with the requisite equipment and staff are deployed, then a number of lives might be saved. Today when the PIL came-up for hearing Division Bench observed that The affidavit filed by Sh. Basant Kumar Rath, Inspector General of Police, Traffic Headquarter, J&K dated 23.03.2018 discloses several reasons for occurrence of accidents in the districts of Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar.
DB directed Traffic Police to disclose the number of prosecutions undertaken for the traffic violations as well as the fine which have been recovered because of the violations.
DB further directed traffic police to prepare a comprehensive plan and undertake a drive for effecting prosecution of traffic violations in the State and also with regard to publicizing the legal provisions regarding traffic violations in the State of J&K in order to increase public awareness and minimize traffic violations. Such drive for prosecution as well as publicity has to be continuous and vigorous.
Division Bench also directed respondents to place before this Court the manner in which the licenses are issued for prospective drivers and examine the possibility of video- graphing the test which an applicant for traffic license has to undertake before a license is issued.
DB also directed traffic police to examine the possibility to create traffic parks with regard to create awareness among the public, student and children. JNF

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