State extends Road Safety Week to fortnight

Considering the increasing number of accidents, the state government has extended National Road Safety Week beginning January 1 to a fortnight.

Minister of state (home) Satej Patil said the number of registered vehicles in Maharashtra had increased to 1.14 crore from 61.13 lakh in 2000.

"68,438 vehicle accidents were registered in 2011 in which 13,057 people died and 45,616 were seriously injured," he said. Patil said NGOs, transport associations and companies, mass media and educational institutes would be roped in to create awareness.

"Drivers should be shown films about road safety before issuing licences," he said.

CM Prithviraj Chavan said preventing accidents was the responsibility of not just the traffic department but of the entire state machinery, drivers and pedestrians.

"The process of issuing licences has to be made stricter."

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