It is shocking but truth that death rate in J&K due to road accidents is almost double the national average. One thousand people at an average lose their lives, and 8000 get injured in road accidents in the state. Every year there are 6000 road accidents in the state which is a very high number given that population in J&K is far less compared to most of the state in the country.
The figures were revealed during a review meeting chaired by Governor NN Vohra at civil secretariat. Vohra expressed concern at the high rate of mortality due to road accidents in the state, and issued instructions to improve the poor roads, improve intersections, identification of black spots, and carrying out of a safety audit.
Vohra also made it clear that traffic officials should implement rules, and regulations strictly, and ensure old, unfit, and overloaded vehicles are not allowed to ply on the roads under any circumstances. No person without a driving license should be allowed to drive any personal, transport vehicles. It was also decided to form an Empowered Task Force chaired by chief secretary, state police chief, secretaries of important departments, top traffic officials, and divisional commissioners by Feb 23.
This task force will meet once a month and steer the efforts to ensure safer roads, and community. The Chief Secretary has also been asked to form a Road Safety Action Plan within 20 days.