Despite efforts being made by the traffic police in Goa to educate drivers on safety measures and inculcate principles of road safety, the number of accidents has not decreased. Every week there is an increase in the number of accidents reported in the newspapers and the main reason for this is, over speeding, overtaking, rash driving, driving without wearing a helmet and drunk driving. The victims of fatal accidents include pedestrians besides cyclists, scooterists, and pillion riders. In yet another accident that took place at Pazorconi-Cuncolim, Goa, four passengers including a school student were injured in an accident that took place on the bus and a loaded truck due to which the accident was unable to answer her examination. Read the full report here.
According to Cuncolim police, after the mishap that took place at Pazorconi-Cuncolim, four bus passengers were taken to the primary health center at Balli and later discharged, said police. Meanwhile, in another accident reported at Rivona, Laxmibai Kamat (69) staying near Shantadurga Temple, Colomba, Rivona, Sanguem, was knocked down by a scooter from backside while she was crossing the road.
According to Quepem Police, she sustained injuries. Police said that Kshama Bhushan Pai of Kakoda, Curchorem, has lodged a complaint that Dyneshwar Naik (48), of Kazargaiwada, Colomba, Rivona, Sanguem, rode his scooter in a rash and negligent manner while proceeding from Kevona to Rivona and when reached near Shantadurga temple, Colomba, Rivona, Sanguem, knocked down Kamat. Further investigation is in progress.
Most of the accidents that take place are between two-wheelers, trucks and mini buses plying on various routes. According to a source, Figures available of accidents reported during the last two years show that in the year 2015 fatal as well as other minor accidents have increased.
Margao traffic cell officers maintained that efforts to educate drivers on safety measures and inculcate principles of road safety were made with an intention to keep a control over the accidents. But, the citizens claim that more efforts are required on the part of state government agencies to keep a check on accidents. The eyewitnesses have held the transport director responsible for this accident since there are no checks on the deteriorated conditions of the buses running on the Goan roads. According to him, the buses use the completely worn-out tyres putting the life of innocent people at the stake.