Odishatv Bureau

Sundergarh: The district of Sundergarh has ranked second in the list of human casualties due to road mishaps during 2017. Officials attributed most of the major mishaps to rash and drunken driving and over speeding while public rued lack of awareness campaigns and proper traffic system.

"No precautionary measures have been taken by the district administration to minimise number of road accidents. Traffic rules should be strictly enforced as most of the mishaps occur due to rash driving. Besides, special drive should be undertaken to create awareness among commuters," said Sudhakar Pandey, a local.

"Proper safety measures should be taken during construction of roads. Most of the times, bikers take wrong route and meet with accidents," Sundergarh RTO Ramnibesh Sirika said.

SP Pinak Mishra promised that police will intensify more awareness programmes for the commuters. "Drunken driving and over speeding are major causes of accidents. Driving on wrong lane especially by bikers is also another reason. We have taken several awareness campaigns and will intensify them for public in future," Sundergarh SP Pinak Mishra said.

According to sources, the district witnessed a rise in number of deaths due to accidents in 2017 in comparison to previous year. It had registered 318 mishaps last year in which 199 people were killed and 372 injured. In 2017, 210 casualties were reported in 325 mishaps while 313 people sustained injuries.