Gujarat ranks second in deaths due to driving in the wrong side 

Gujarat ranks second in deaths due to vehicles driving in the opposite direction

500 people die in road accidents in Gujarat

If you do not follow the right path, you will be arrested, fined and punished

Dilip Patel
Ahmedabad, June 22, 2024 (Google translation from Gujarati)

Drivers driving on the wrong side in Gujarat will be booked under IPC 279 and Motor Vehicles Act 184. Not a fine but a case will be registered. The driver will also be arrested for this crime. Drivers have to take bail from the police station. Since 2018, such campaigns have been conducted in many places, the reports of which have not come out. Due to corruption, the results of such campaigns are zero. Most of the deaths occur on the wrong side of the highways. However, Gujarat Police is inactive about it.

80 teams of traffic police have been working in Surat city for 4 days. 500 cases have been registered. Ahmedabad Traffic Police has started a campaign for 10 days from today, 22 June to 30 June.

8 thousand people die in the country due to driving in the wrong or opposite direction. In 2018, UP had the highest number of deaths in such accidents, 1,299. It is in second place in the country. In Gujarat, 487 deaths occurred every year due to driving in the opposite direction.

In 2018, 24 people died every day due to driving on the wrong side. 4,800 people died due to collision with vehicles parked on the roads. In 2018, the number of people who died in accidents due to wrong side driving was about 9 percent less than in 2017.

Public transport
There is hardly any road in 8 cities of Gujarat where drivers do not drive on the wrong side like this. Shuttle rickshaw drivers and two-wheeler drivers play a big role in this. To reduce traffic, public transport systems such as metro trains, city buses, cabs, rickshaws, BRTS, Rs. It has been set up in 8 cities at a cost of 1 lakh crore. However, vehicle and accidents have increased. Wrong side driving has increased due to roads being blocked by metro and BRTS. According to an estimate, 1500 places in 8 metros and 3 times more wrong side canals have been erected on highways.

Increasing number of vehicles
Gujarat has 3 crore 10 lakh vehicles. There are 2 crore 15 lakh two-wheelers and 40 lakh cars. 51 lakh vehicles increased in five years. Every two and a half person has a vehicle.

Wrong side canal in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad Traffic Police is at 128 nakas, where motorists drive on the wrong site. Wrong driving is done at 3 points in Vastrapur, 3 in Ghatlodia, 4 in Sola, 7 in Navrangpura, 5 in Naranpura, 6 in Wadge, 3 in Gujarat University, 1 in Ellisbridge, 5 in Sarkhej, 2 in Anandnagar, 4 in Satellite, 6 in Paldi and Vasna, 5 in Shahpur, 5 in Madhavpura, 5 in Ranip, 1 in Sabarmati and 2 points in Chandkheda and 4 points in Riverfront East. The main reason for this is BRTS, Metro Rail.

The number of people driving in the wrong direction on the highway, cutting lanes dangerously, hitting vehicles coming at the right speed on the right and straight direction is beyond belief.

The worrying thing is that driving in the wrong direction causes more than five percent of deaths and the same number of injuries. These accidents can be prevented by strict measures.

In the last five years, about 43,000 deaths have occurred in the country due to wrong driving. In the year 2021, 8122 people died and this is 5.3 percent of the total deaths. 25 thousand people have been injured or injured. This figure is 5.3 percent of the total injured.

If we look at the record of the last five years, the number of deaths and injuries due to driving in the wrong direction is five to six percent. This can be reduced by the awareness of the people. The action being taken is inadequate.

Deaths in 10 years

In Gujarat, a total of 89,514 road accidents occurred in five years (2011 to 2016), in which a total of 39,112 people died. In 10 years, 80 thousand people have died in 2 lakh accidents. It is estimated that 2,000 people died and 10,000 accidents occurred while driving in the wrong direction.

More danger on highways

Deaths are increasing due to driving in the wrong direction at a speed of 100 kmph on expressways and highways. Thousands of people lose their lives every year due to the wrong side. In 5 years, 43000 people have lost their lives in the country. In Gujarat, 2500 people have lost their lives in 6 percent of the articles.

In the year 2021, 7332 people have died on national highways. 44 percent of the deaths are due to driving in the wrong direction.

That is why it is said about expressways and highways that going in the wrong direction leads to death. People of Saurashtra drive on the wrong side of the highway the most. No currency is issued on such expressways in Gujarat. Whereas more than 10 thousand challans are issued per year on many expressways of the country.

Police lax

In September 2018, Ahmedabad Traffic Police raided 128 nakas where motorists drive in the wrong direction. There, strict action was taken against those driving on the wrong side of the traffic. Offenses were registered under section 279 and 183. The license of the violators was to be suspended for 3 months. But Ahmedabad City Traffic Police did not give an account of what it did in 6 years.

Or a fine of Rs 1500 was to be imposed on three-wheelers and Rs 3000 on four-wheelers. The vehicle was also to be confiscated.

Amend the law

Under section 177 of MVAA, there is a provision of a fine of Rs 500 for the first time and Rs 1500 for the second time. Instead, the penalty under section 184 of MVAA for dangerous driving is a fine of Rs 1000 or 6 months imprisonment or both for the first offence, followed by 20 years imprisonment.

Under section 279 of IPC, there can also be a punishment of 6 months imprisonment or a fine of Rs 1000 or both. Also, death caused due to wrong driving should be considered as culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 Part II, such strict steps can be taken to prevent wrong driving.

10 times fine
Gurugram City Traffic Police has increased the currency fine for wrong side driving by 10 times. A fine of Rs 5 thousand has been imposed. Earlier this fine was Rs 500. Gujarat Police will also impose a fine of Rs. 10 thousand on the basis of CCTV footage. If the fine is imposed on the spot, corruption will increase.
It was decided to install 20 thousand CCTV cameras in Surat, most of them have been installed. In Ahmedabad, in 2022 and 2023, the police issued more than 21 lakh e-memos for violating traffic rules with the help of 6 thousand CCTV cameras. Rs 29 crore was collected as fine. There are not 1 lakh CCTVs in 8 metros. But Delhi has 3 lakh CCTVs. There are 7 thousand CCTV cameras in 29 district headquarters cities of Gujarat. Traffic police should be instructed to collect heavy fines through e-challan on the basis of CCTV cameras only. Only then will corruption reduce and traffic will be controlled. It has been alleged in the assembly that 80 percent of the cameras in the cities are not working.

People should follow the law

Vehicles are often driven on the wrong side to take a short cut or to shorten the road. They cut so that they do not have to turn. But it may take 5 minutes more to go in the desired direction but there will be no risk of accident.

To save time or to hurry, people drive more on the wrong side.

Every vehicle must have reflectors.

Adding 10 more minutes to an hour’s journey should reduce the risk of accidents.

If the police reduce parking on the road, accidents will reduce.

A major reason for accidents is not following traffic rules.

Death due to parking

Accidents caused by colliding with vehicles parked on the roads have doubled compared to 2017. Last year, 43,610 people died due to not wearing helmets, while 15,000 people died due to not wearing seat belts.

Death in accidents

An average of 53 accidents occur every hour in India. According to a survey, 17 people lose their lives. 1.51 lakh people lost their lives in road accidents in India. 3,71,884 were injured. More than 60 percent of the cases are hit and run. Deaths occur due to hurrying to cross the wrong side or side, not getting signal or unexpected braking.

85 percent of the injured are in the age group of 20 to 25 years. Most of the people who become victims of accidents due to the negligence of others are between the ages of 25 to 40 years. Road accidents cause a loss of 3 to 5 percent to the Indian economy annually.

Road accidents

Every day 415 people die in road accidents in the country.

58.7 percent of accidents are caused by speeding, 25.77 percent of accidents are caused by driver’s negligence or overtaking.

More than 21 thousand people died in road accidents in Gujarat during 2018, 2019, 2020 (September), while more than 46 thousand people were injured.

One person dies in 2 road accidents every hour. At the same time, a total of 20 people die in an average of 52 road accidents every day.

12 lakh people die due to vehicles in the world.

The number of accidents has decreased but the number of deaths has increased. 46.3 percent of the dead are youth in the age group of 18-35 years. (Google translation from Gujarati)