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S Goa witnesses 55 fatal accidents in last six months

SHYAM ZAMBAULIKER

Margao: During the last six months of 2019 in the jurisdiction of South Goa in all 55 persons died in road accidents while 105 minor accidents were reported.

In the year 2018 for the first six months in all 51 persons had died and 109 minor accidents were reported.

As per police records out of 55 fatal accidents reported during the last six months of 2019, in all 51 cases were detected, while in the year 2018 for the first six months 51 fatal accidents were reported and 47 cases were detected.

Police claim that rate of accidents decreased  due to use of helmet  and said that non use of helmet  was the significant factor affecting two wheeler riders death rate in South Goa.

South Goa superintendent of police Arvind Gawas said that in the year 2019 for the first six months in all 55 fatal accidents were reported while 105  minor accidents occurred.

He further said that in the year 2018 for the first six months 51 persons had died and 109 minor accidents were reported.

He said that out of 55 fatal accidents which occurred during the last six months of 2019, 51 cases were detected, while in the year 2018 for the first six months 51 fatal accidents were registered and 47 were detected.

He said that efforts were on to reduce the rate of fatal and minor accidents. “We have strictly implemented the rules of the Motor Vehicle Act and maximum cases have been booked. Besides drivers have been imparted education on the rules of MV Act”, said SP Gawas.   

5 fatal accidents were reported in Cuncolim. 4 in Quepem, 3 each in Margao and Verna, 2 each in Colva and Curchorem, 1 fatal accident was reported in Collem.

In the year 2018  for the first six months in all 51 persons had died  and 109 minor accidents were reported  of which 13 fatal accidents were reported in Maina Curtorim, 9 in Ponda, 8 in Verna, 7 in Fatorda, 3 each in Cuncolim and Verna, 2 each in Colva, Canacona and  Verna while 1 each in Curchorem and Mormugao.

In 2018 during the first 11 months till November 11 in South Goa a total number of 75 fatal accidents and 180 minor accidents were reported while in the year 2017 till November 11 in all 101 fatal accidents and 217 minor accidents were reported in South Goa.

By December 2018 the total number of fatal accidents reached 92 in the jurisdiction of South Goa and as many as 215 other accidents were reported and 210 were detected.

Based on these figures police claim that accident rate as decreased however Margao citizens claim that the traffic cell management has failed to give relief to people and that traffic confusion continues in the town.

Pratap Bambolker, a citizen said that car, scooter, bus or truck drivers particularly two-wheelers have to be educated on road safety. He said that helmet and seatbelt laws should be effectively supported by motorcycle and car safety programmes.

Margao traffic cell officers maintained that efforts to educate drivers on safety measures and inculcate principles of road safety were made with an intention to keep a control over accidents.

But, the citizens claim that more efforts are required on the part of state government agencies to keep a check on accidents.

Margao being the commercial center of South Goa hawkers stand by the side and conduct their business causing traffic hazard. Besides over speeding, rash and drunken driving, non-use of helmet/seat belt, overtaking, obstruction by cattle, poor street lights, no light near speed breakers has also contributed to the increase in fatal accidents.

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