Drive to prosecute Traffic Rules violators


Showing its non-serious approach towards loss of lives in frequent road accidents particularly in hilly and tough terrain areas of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban, the State Government has failed to apprise State High Court about the steps taken for deployment of life saving ambulances in these districts despite being granted sufficient time in this regard. In a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by District Bar Association Doda laying stress on initiation of effective steps to check road accidents across the State in general and districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban in particular, the Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta had on September 5, 2018 issued direction to the Chief Secretary for filing affidavit mentioning the number of life saving ambulances along with necessary staff deployed in the three hilly districts of Jammu region within a period of two weeks. However, when the PIL came up for hearing before the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajesh Bindal yesterday, counsel appearing for the State sought time for filing affidavit of the Chief Secretary in terms of order dated September 5, 2018. The failure of the Government in ensuring compliance of directive issued over two months back clearly established non-serious approach towards frequent loss of lives in the road accidents in the hilly districts.
The provisions of Motor Vehicle Act prescribe immediate compensation but the fact is that some poor widows and orphans remain without compensation as many vehicles are often without insurance cover and it is not easy for claimants to obtain compensation. "The Traffic Police shall also prepare a comprehensive plan and undertake a drive for effecting prosecution of Traffic Rules violators in the State and also with regard to publicizing the legal provisions regarding traffic violations in the State in order to increase public awareness and minimize violations", the DB said, adding "such drive for prosecution as well as publicity has to be continuous and vigorous".

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