Save human lives

The increasing number of accidents on the highways across the state have become a cause of concern for one and all. The Jammu and Kashmir government is also facing the heat over situation on the highways being grim.
Minister for Revenue, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that Transport department has taken several initiatives and efforts are afoot to minimize the road accidents and resultant causalities on National Highways.
He revealed that 57 persons died in different road accidents on the Jammu-Poonch highway which connects the Pir Panchal region with the winter capital.
People of these regions have always complained that roads leading to Baderwah, Kishtwar, Poonch and other districts are in a dilapidated condition and maximum of the accidents take places due to roads being in bad shape.
For long the government has been claiming that it’s creating awareness to prevent the casualties and to ensure strict enforcement of Traffic Regulations. The special drives which were launched through Traffic Police department against visible offences like dangerous driving, use of mobile phones while driving, tripple riding, riding without crash helmet, over loading overtaking, driving without seat belt have not yielded desired results.
People still complain about drivers indulging in rash driving and Traffic policemen turning a blind eye towards overloaded public transport vehicles. Every Tom, Dick and Harry acquiring the driving licenses has made the situation more worse.
Solution doesn’t lie in organizing seminars and camps it lies in acting against the drivers who violate the laws and developing the road infrastructure especially in the hilly areas. One hopes that government would wake up and would formulate a comprehensive policy to prevent loss of precious human lives in the road accidents.