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Roads to be Audited to identify Black Spots, assess cause of accidents: Nitin Gadkari

Road accidents in India claimed over 1.5 lakh lives in 2018, a recent report by the transport ministry revealed. India ranks 1st in the number of road accident deaths across the 199 countries reported in the World Road Statistics, 2018, followed by China and the US. As per WHO, India accounts for almost 11% of the accident related deaths in the world.

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Dec 03, 2019, 09.09 PM IST
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Gadkari said that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is spending Rs. 12,000 crores for improvement of 780 black spots, as his departments steps us efforts to bring down road accidents in the country.
NEW DELHI: The ministry of road transport and highways has decided to audit all national highways and identify black spots to assess reason behind road accidents, Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said.

“We have decided that we want to make the audit of the roads, concerning road accidents and road engineering,” Gadkari said at a road safety event here on Tuesday.

He added that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is spending Rs. 12,000 crores for improvement of 780 black spots, as his departments steps us efforts to bring down road accidents in the country.

“We are also taking steps regarding automobile engineering,” Gadkari said.

“At all NHAI roads, we need to understand whether the cause of an accident is road engineering or violation of law,”Gadkari said.

Talking about strict penalties for traffic violations imposed recently, Gadkari said that people would continue to disregard law and order unless they are compelled to pay hefty fines.

Select provisions of the amended Motor Vehicles Act came into effect from September 1st this year, resulting in manifld increase in penalties for traffic offence.

Among major changes, the fine for drunken driving has gone up from Rs 2,000 to Rs. 10,000 while driving without seat belt will now invite a fine of Rs 1,000 as against Rs 100 earlier.

Over-speeding, which is supposed to be a major killer in road accidents, now draws a fine of Rs 5,000.

"People are starting to become more disciplined on roads now,"Gadkari said.

Road accidents in India claimed over 1.5 lakh lives in 2018, a recent report by the transport ministry revealed.

India ranks 1st in the number of road accident deaths across the 199 countries reported in the World Road Statistics, 2018, followed by China and the US.

As per the WHO Global Report on Road Safety 2018, India accounts for almost 11% of the accident related deaths in the world.

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