110 dead in E-way mishaps in 2018

Sushant Ranjan
Sunday, 20 January 2019

“We are planning to install rumbler strip to control overspeeding of small vehicles on the downhill slope,” said Vijay Patil, SP, Highway Police, Mumbai.

PUNE: The Pune-Mumbai Expressway witnessed 358 accidents in 2018, claiming lives of 110 people and seriously injuring 151. Human errors such as not using seat belts, over-speeding, driving on shoulders of roads and a clash with breakdown vehicles parked at the roadside, overspeeding near the ghat section while vehicles on downhill etc, are some of the main reasons found in a report released by Highway Police, Mumbai.

As per the report, since 2006, till now in more than 5,400 accidents, around 1,600 people have lost their lives. The death rate has increased from 2017 to 2018. The Highway Police blamed those drivers who are not following traffic rules and discipline for accidents.

“We are planning to install rumbler strip to control overspeeding of small vehicles on the downhill slope,” said Vijay Patil, SP, Highway Police, Mumbai.

“We are in the communication with the State Transport Department and transport union regarding instructions for heavy vehicles about avoid using neutral mode while driving vehicles on the slope is in process. We also hope that on the implementation of ‘Intelligent Traffic Monitoring System’ (ITMS) will impact on rule compliance by drivers,” Patil added.

This year, May proved deadliest with 18 deaths, followed by November (15), December (13), June (10), July (3), August (5) and September (7), indicating fewer casualties in monsoon. Though death numbers increased year on years, in the previous year there were about 174 accidents in which there were no injuries of passengers. 

“There is a constant demand of video surveillance system for the highway. But no serious heed is paid on this demand. Awareness among drivers, CCTV surveillance on at least black spots, pictorial boards etc., should be used. The chief minister is coordinating will all related authorities must find way out on this problem,” Tanmay Pendse told Sakal Times, who lost his brother Akshay Pendse, a Marathi film and theatre actor, and nephew Pratyush, in an accident in 2012.

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