With the rampant development in the state, the ratio of a road fatalities was on rising during the past few years, but now according to the new survey, that ratio has come down by 22%, that means compared to the year 2017, fewer people died in the road accident in the year 2018, and according to the authorities, the entire credit goes to the traffic awareness campaign run by the Goa Police traffic cell.

There is no doubt that people have become more educated about the traffic sense in Goa, and many have started wearing the helmets, and fastening the seatbelt to avoid the challans by traffic police and that led to reducing in the road fatality ration in the state.

According to the report published by the Times of India Goa lost 73 fewer lives to road accidents in 2018 as 255 were killed in road accidents in 2018 compared to 328 in 2017. Police data shows that there was also a 22% drop road fatalities in 2018 compared to the previous year.      

Traffic Sentinel boosted awareness amongst public and that led to the reduction in road fatalities

The credits to a reduction in the road accidents and fatalities have been taken by the Goa Police traffic cell. According to the senior police official, the education, awareness campaigns and strict implementation of the traffic rules lead to reduce the road fatalities.   

“In order to reduce accidents, particularly fatal accidents, every stakeholder has a role to play. We have tried our best in terms of education, awareness, prosecution and utilised all channels of communication to spread this message. However, we require better pedestrian facilities, automatic prosecution of red light jumping and other infrastructure to ensure disciplined driving,” said director general police Muktesh Chander.

The Director General of Police Mr. Muktesh Chander claimed that the road fatalities have gone down substantially due to the efforts of Goa Police traffic cell. They have implemented all types of awareness campaigns to educate the people of Goa.

The report further states that 70% of the road accidents were that of the two-wheelers in the year 2017 which reduced to almost half leading to the reduction in fatalities. 

“In 2017, 70% of the road accidents were that of two-wheelers. While the numbers for 2018 are yet to be tabulated, there could be a reduction in two-wheeler fatalities compared to 2017,” Chander said.    

“The two-wheeler riders are the most vulnerable section which is why the more we control their tendency to do zig-zag riding and push for helmet compliance, the numbers will be less,” the DGP added.     

Use of mobile phone while driving and not wearing helmets causes serious road accidents in the state

The previous year also saw a total of 241 fatal accidents and 223 grievous ones. There were 827 minor ones too. The accidents resulted in injuries to over 1,000 persons in 2018, figures show.     

Chander said there has been an overall 46% increase in the prosecution of traffic offenders in 2018. Wherever road accidents are common, the police has written to PWD to improve the road engineering of those spots, he said.     

In order to reduce accidents, particularly fatal accidents, every stakeholder has a role to play. We have tried our best in terms of education, awareness, prosecution and utilised all channels of communication to spread this message. However, we require better pedestrian facilities, automatic prosecution of red light jumping and other infrastructure to ensure disciplined driving

With continuous efforts, there could be a further reduction in road accident deaths by the end of 2019. “It is possible to have a further 10-15% reduction this year provided all the stakeholders work to achieve this,” he said.

This shows that all the efforts put in by the Goa police to reduce the road accidents worked out to be fruitful and that caused in a reduction in the road fatalities and if this continues, the figure of mortality rate will reduce to the minimum. It is very important to follow all the traffic guidelines and save yourself from the trouble.          

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