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Move for Bill on road safety

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 1. The Chief Minister, A. K. Antony, has said that the Road Safety Authority Bill pending before the Cabinet will be passed in the next session of the State Legislative Assembly to ensure safety of the road users and to bring down the mounting accidents in the State.

Launching the Geographical Kerala Accident Management System (Geokams), being implemented by the Public Works Department and the State Police as part of the WB-funded Kerala State Transport project, at Kovalam near here today, Mr. Antony said the proposed Road Safety Authority will go a long way in reducing the road accidents in the State and the aim is to bring down the road accidents by 25 per cent within a year.

The Chief Minister said the mounting accidents in the State despite the road safety measures, strict enforcement by the police and Motor Vehicles Department and awareness carried out by media and non-governmental agencies was a matter of concern.

"If things are moving at this pace, the State will top the country in the number of road accidents. It is a doomsday scenario and we have to take concrete steps on a war-footing to reverse this trend", the Chief Minister added. Mr. Antony handed over the software of GeoKams to the Director General of Police, P. K. Hormese Tharakan.

The Minister for Public Works, M. K. Muneer, who presided over the function, said scientific solutions to road safety measures would help reduce the road accidents in the State. Mr. Muneer said the State capital will be the first beneficiary of GeoKams being introduced and the future engineering of roads will depend on the data of GeoKams.

Pointing out that 2,905 deaths occurred in the State due to road accidents in the State last year, Dr. Muneer said the alarming road accidents was a matter of concern as Kerala has the second highest road accidents in the country at present.

The Additional Chief Secretary, Babu Jacob, welcomed the gathering and the Superintending Engineer, KSTP, K. T. Thomas, proposed the vote of thanks.

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