GUWAHATI: Dispur is going to replace the age-old accident-prone faulty traffic signal system with, what it says, a modern traffic signal system that has much advanced and automatic surveillance and monitoring facilities.
Faulty traffic junctions in various cities and towns in Assam lead to many accidents. According to official sources, the State Government is laying stress on better traffic signals that can minimize road accidents at various traffic junctures or crossroads. Initially, the new system is being implemented in eleven cities and towns in the State. They are Guwahati, Silchar, Diphu, Bhubri, Nagaon, Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Kokrajhar, Tinsukia, Jorhat and Tezpur.
The new traffic signal system, according to official sources, is going to provide better surveillance and monitoring facilities like automatic number plate recording, speed detection and a device to send alert signals to traffic police personnel.
According to the sources, the detailed project reports (DPRs) of all the eleven cities and towns have been completed and submitted to the State government.
Statistics available with The Sentinel say that while 2,572 people were killed in 2016, as many as 2,783 people were killed in 2017 in road accidents in the State. This is against 1,50,785 people killed in 2016 and 1,47,913 people killed in 2017 in road accidents in the nation.
According to the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, over 70 per cent fatal road crashes in 2017 involved adults of the age group of 18-45. As many as 4.64 lakh road accidents were reported in the nation in 2017.
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