90% accidents attributed to human negligence
Dimapur, June 3 (EMN): Considering the growing need for awareness on road safety and traffic rules, Unity College, Dimapur, organised a road safety programme in collaboration with Dimapur Traffic Police Zone I for its students on Saturday in the college premises.
Addressing the students, Officer In-Charge Traffic Zone-I, Mhathung Patton emphasised on the road safety guidelines and the necessity to know safety rules. Patton underlined observation as the key to avoiding road accidents for one’s safety as well as that of others. He updated the students that drivers of public transport are entitled to regular free eye check-ups. The OC further urged students to obey traffic rules.
ABSI Traffic Zone-I Bokato Zhimomi, while enlightening the students on common causes of road accidents, remarked that 90% of accidents are caused by human negligence and attributed 10% to mechanical failures.
Urging the students to ensure wearing helmets and fastening seat belts both for drivers as well as the passengers, Zhimomi advised them to avoid drunken driving, using mobile phones while driving, avoid over speeding and sticking to lane.Traffic Zone-I ASI Yansathung Lotha imparted various offences under different sections of the Motor Vehicles Act (MVA).
Some of the significant offences under MVA highlighted by ASI Lotha are:
MVA 177: Not carrying valid licence while driving, horn offences, number plate offences, driving without helmet and using mobile phones while driving- First offence: Fine up to Rs. 100, subsequent offence: Fine up to Rs. 300.
MVA 179: Breach of order, refusal to give information- Fine up to Rs 500 or imprisonment up to one month or both.
MVA 180: Allowing the vehicle to be driven by a person who does not possess a valid licence- Fine up to Rs 1000 or imprisonment up to three months or both.
MVA 182(A): Lack of proper maintenance and structure of vehicle- First offence- Rs 1000; Subsequent offence: Rs 5000
MVA 184: Dangerous or reckless driving- First Offence: Fine up to Rs. 1000 or imprisonment up to six months or both. Subsequent offence: Fine up to Rs 2000 or imprisonment up to two years or both.
MVA 185: Driving under influence of drugs or alcohols- First offence: Fine up to Rs 2000 or imprisonment up to six months or both. Subsequent offence: Fine up to Rs 3000 or imprisonment up to two years or both.
MVA 192: Using vehicle without registration – First offence: Rs 2000-5000. Subsequent offence- imprisonment up to one year or fine up to Rs 10000.
The Medical First Responder Team of Dimapur Traffic Police demonstrated on how to treat accident victims for medical emergencies to the students.