Kolkata: The Bengal Traffic Police has initiated a programme christened ‘40 in 40’. It is an extension of the ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ campaign, which has notched up major successes and has been appreciated by the Road Safety Committee of the Supreme Court too.
Steps would be taken to reduce the number of accidents by 40 per cent by the end of 2018. Of the 400 police stations in the State, these 40 have a higher propensity of mishaps occurring, it has been found.The name ‘40 in 40’ refers to the 40 police station areas with the incidence of accidents is still high.
Though the total number of accidents has reduced from 13,208 in 2015 to 11,670 in 2017, the State’s traffic police are determined to further check the rate of accidents with more stress on these 40 police station areas.
Steps being taken include the setting up of speed breakers, construction of pedestrian paths at ‘chowrastas’ (intersections of two major roads), ensuring proper illumination of roads, enforcing traffic norms and, equally important, creating awareness among people in the areas marked for special attention. ‘Black spots’ (stretches of road where accidents occur more) under the jurisdiction of these 40 police stations will be identified.
It may be recalled that 59 black spots were earmarked on different roads, including the highways, in 2016 and necessary steps taken to check accidents. A new survey has been initiated under the 40 in 40 project.