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JAMMU: Taking serious note over the rising number of accidents, a Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, while disposing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Aditya Singh and Bali Ram and directed IGP Traffic to consider the representation submitted by them earlier.
Division Bench further observed that according to the petitioners, the statistics indicate that one person dies in road accident every four minutes and the said accidents are happening due to drunken driving, bad road user behavior, non-enforcement of traffic laws, and not giving priority to road safety.
Advocate Aparjita Jamwal appeared for the petitioners who had sought installation of CCTV cameras on traffic signals, increase in surveillance, breathalyzer tests all around the city to check drunken driving especially in the wee hours of night, ban on use of mobiles or any electronic device while driving a vehicle, to make wearing of seat belts compulsory, to demark and repaint Zebra Crossings wherever it is required and to limit the age of vehicles to prevent harmful emissions as the health of the vehicle degrades with age causing ecological imbalance.
The petitioners have stated that more than 10 lakh people have lost their lives due to road accidents in the last ten years and in 2013 about 1,40,000 people were killed and around five lakhs were seriously injured or permanently disabled.
The bench also directed traffic authorities to consider the representation dated 22nd December, 2014, already made by the petitioners, in the light of the statutory provisions and traffic laws, and pass appropriates orders and communicate the same to the petitioners within a period of eight weeks. JNF
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