So far, 80 killed, more than 400 injured in over 180 road accidents this year only
SHIMLA- Cases of road accidents and number of casualties are now reaching alarming levels in hilly State of Himachal Pradesh. District Mandi has reported accidents of two private buses within a week, which has again stirred debate over measures taken by government and police to prevent fatal mishaps.
According to police statistics, more than 180 road accidents were reported this year only in which 80 persons were killed while more than 400 sustained injuries.
Recently, a woman was killed while 25 others suffered injuries when a private bus met with an accident on the Sundernagar-Gharlidahr route. On Monday, 74 persons were injured when an overcrowded 42-seater bus carrying 74 passengers rolled down a hill.
Major causes of increasing accidents are attributed to overcrowding, rash and negligent driving, use of loudspeakers and music system in vehicles including buses. Other than these, poor road conditions and lack of crash-barriers or any sort of roadside safety measures work as catalyst for road accidents. Potholes and eroding roads in monsoon aggravate the situation.
Administration has failed to check overloading, even capital city Shimla.
The district police had launched a special drive to create awareness about road safety, which apparently failed to show positive results. Despite strict vigil, offenders managed to flee, said Superintendent of Police, Mandi, Prem Kumar Thakur.