12 May 2017 06:43pm IST
Santosh Naik Ponda
Locals alarmed over increase number of mishaps; claim that overspeeding and rash driving have caused a number of accidents
Residents of Ponda taluka are alarmed over the increasing number of accidents on the roads especially along the highways.
Locals claim that overspeeding and rash driving have resulted in a number of accidents and have blamed the authorities for failing to take action against the culprits.
Residents have stressed the need for maintaining discipline on roads to control overspeeding to minimise accidents. Social activists and NGOs have been putting in their efforts to minimise road mishaps.
According to Vishal Fadte, a resident, “Goans are susegad, but when it comes to driving or riding along the roads they tend to be a bit reckless and resort to road rage just to zoom past other vehicles thereby putting the lives of other commuters and pedestrians at risk.”
“In case of minor accidents, instead of maintaining discipline on roads, motorists are involved in heated discussions, which result in traffic congestion. Sometimes people also resort to manhandling on the roads over rash driving. This takes place only because the traffic authorities have failed to control rash and negligent driving. Most policemen are busy in issuing challans but the rich are left scot-free on payment of fines. Police need to punish the traffic violators by suspending their licences for at least a month,” he added.
Another resident Umesh Naik said, “In Goa there is urgent need to install signboards along every route mentioning the speed limit and if anyone is found violating the rules should be fined. Former councillor Apa Khanolkar said, “Traffic police are busy in issuing fines. To minimise road accidents, overspeeding needs to be controlled. Police only focus on issuing fines for not wearing helmets. Motorists especially riders need to be educated on road discipline and the main causes of fatal accidents are overspeeding and overtaking.”
To minimise road accidents, the locals have suggested that most routes be notified as one-way, construction of road dividers and a ban on drunken driving.
Another resident Ganesh Naik says, “Government needs to put interceptors to use to detect overspeeding along the roads. Few years back, the Borim villagers had started an awareness campaign warning motorists against overspeeding. The campaign evoked good response as most motorists started following traffic rules while commuting along the Borim Bridge. In order to instill road discipline in motorists especially among riders such campaigns are needed.
Ponda Police informed that accidents are on the rise in Ponda. From January to April-end around 15 fatal accidents have been reported. Around 127 accidents have occurred in the past four months. Rash and negligent driving and riders not wearing helmets have resulted in accidents. Of 15 fatal accidents, trucks have been reported to have been involved in seven cases.