Even as over 4,200 persons lost their lives in road accidents in Punjab, fatalities in such accidents have come down by over 15 per cent in the state.

As per a presentation on ‘Road Safety Scenario’ in Punjab made by additional director general of police (traffic) SS Chauhan, the total number of reported accident cases in the state were 5997 in 2017 and the same resulted in 4278 causalities, a decline of 15.7 per cent over 2016.

The number of people seriously injured in 2017 stood at 4024. In 2017, highway patrol vehicles and ambulances saved 3951 lives across the state through prompt evacuation and first aid service, Chauhan said in his presentation made before the Chief Minister (CM) Amarinder Singh on Friday during a meeting of the Punjab Road Safety Council.

During the meeting, the CM took serious note of the traffic violations that trigger accidents on the road and ordered stringent action against vehicles found moving without proper tail lights. Registration of such vehicles should be cancelled, he said, adding that even tractor trolleys needed to adhere to this rule.

Amarinder directed the Council to focus on automated checking of over-speeding, and also suggested e-challaning in such cases, as well as cases of drunken driving and other traffic violations.

Till the automatic speed barriers are installed, strict enforcement of speeding laws should be ensured by the traffic police and other agencies tasked with maintaining discipline on the roads, he said.

Declaring a zero-tolerance approach with regard to road safety, the CM constituted a three-member Lead Group to formulate a plan of action for targeted spending of the Road Safety Fund, to further reduce the accident rate in the state.