Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday announced that an agency will soon be set up for road safety. It will consist of experts from the police, transport, health, and road engineering departments. A draft policy regarding this will be soon be prepared.
The Chief Minister chaired a review meeting with the Andhra Pradesh Road Safety Council.
Jagan directed the officials to promote the list of network hospitals to ensure free treatment for accident victims under the Aarogyasri scheme. Those traveling from outside the state will also be treated at network hospitals under the scheme. The CM said that some incentives should be provided to encourage people to help those injured in accidents and take them for treatment. Also, special measures should be taken to provide insurance cover for road accident victims, and in case of permanent disability, provide pension, Jagan added.
To avoid accidents and produce competent drivers, driving schools will be set up in collaboration with RTC in every constituency. This will help give proper training to drivers. The Chief Minister instructed officials to review the license policy to ensure that all those who get their licences are qualified and skilled. For the recovery and treatment of drivers and individuals injured in road accidents, state-of-the-art trauma care centres will be set up in each district, the CM said. Trauma centres will also be set up in the upcoming 16 new medical colleges.
To further avoid road accidents, special focus will be laid on lane marking by setting up special lanes for motorbikes, four-wheelers, and heavy vehicles. Speed limit signboards will be displayed prominently. The AP police are being equipped with radar speed guns and breathalyzers to flag down offenders and encourage drivers to follow the guidelines, added the CM. A rehabilitation centre will be set up in Vizag for people involved in major accidents.
The statistics and causes of road accidents in the past few years were also discussed at the meeting.