Taking serious note of the death of eight people in two major road accidents in less than 24 hours, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the state’s traffic enforcement authorities to crack down on over-speeding and violation of traffic rules by vehicles, especially buses, and asked the transport department to examine the feasibility of installing speed governors in public transport. The chief minister has ordered the transport department and the traffic police to launch a state-wide drive to prevent such avoidable mishaps. The chief minister condoled the deaths and expressed his heartfelt sympathies to the grief-stricken families of the deceased. Among other measures, the chief minister has directed the traffic police to check over-speeding and overcrowding, as well as plying of vehicles converted into public transport through unauthorized modification, across the state. The chief minister also assured that work on setting up a road safety authority to study the causes of frequent accidents on the state’s roads, as decided by his cabinet at its maiden meeting, had already been initiated. The recommendations of the authority, which would be the first-of-its-kind in region, would be taken up on priority to make the state’s roads accident-free and safe.
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