Noida Traffic Police on Saturday released a new integrated mechanism to control accidents and improve traffic safety in the district.
Ganesh Prasad Saha, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Gautam Budh Nagar, said this new initiative incorporates multiple police departments. “When there is an accident, residents or the victim first dial 112 to notify the police. Dial 112 vehicles, which reach the scene of the accident quickly, will now notify ambulances and firefighters in the event of Victims can also dial 108 for ambulance and 102 for fire brigade.The police team will also notify the traffic department and a team will reach the place and photograph or film the place and try to find the reason that led to the accident,” he said.
Traffic police will feed the data into the Integrated Traffic Accident Database (iRAD) mobile application for analysis and possible solutions to problems. The iRAD mobile application is an initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) which aims to improve road safety throughout the country.
DCP said sometimes locals spot accidents and are the first responders. “But some people are still reluctant to come to the aid of accident victims for fear of being questioned by the police. We want to assure people that they will not be questioned unnecessarily,” he said.
Previously, the government rewarded good Samaritans ₹2,000 for assisting victims during the “golden hour” – the hour following a traumatic injury in which there is the greatest likelihood of avoiding death. Saha said that in October last year, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) revised this amount to ₹5,000.
The police officer said the traffic department also put up reflective tape in accident-prone areas for safety reasons. “It’s important because fog reduces visibility in winter,” DCP said.
Gautam Budh Nagar’s Dial 112 service comprises a fleet of 66 four-wheeled and 60 two-wheeled Police Response Vehicles (PRVs) to respond to emergency calls. On average, VRPs reach accident/crime scene in 6.09 minutes in urban areas and 7.58 minutes in rural areas of Gautam Budh Nagar.
The district police department recorded 368 deaths from 798 crashes last year compared to 2020, when 380 people died in 740 crashes in the district. In 2021, 504 people were injured in these accidents while in 2020, 528 people were injured.