Hailakandi, April 8: Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi Adil Khan convened a meeting of the District Road Safety Committee (DRSC) to discuss a gamut of road safety measures here on Saturday. Chairing the meeting of DRSC, Khan directed the district transport officer and traffic police to step up awareness on traffic rules and regulations to curb road accidents. In this connection, he urged the officials to observe the Road Safety Week beginning on April 23 in a befitting manner by involving all stakeholders. Underscoring the need for taking adequate measures to minimize road fatalities, Khan asked the PWD (Rural Roads, State Roads and NH) and departments concerned to identify vulnerable road segments, erect sigges at important intersections, install speed governors and generate awareness for making roads safer in the district. Advocating strict enforcement of safety rules on roads and stringent punishment for those flouting rules, the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairman directed the DTO, traffic and police to check overloading in vehicles, over speeding, drunken driving, rash driving, using mobile phones while driving and make mandatory wearing of helmet, both by rider and pillion rider.
Khan urged the road owning departments to prepare both short and long-term plans for devising effective and sound road engineering design and techniques to minimize road mishaps. “Identification and rectification of improper designs, poor quality of roads and black spots must be carried out to make the roads safer and thus minimize the loss of precious lives,” he added.