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The road safety fund of the state government would be utilized in identifying accident-prone spots, deploying special flying squads on highways as well as expressways and constituting a road safety cell to analyse mishaps.

A portion of the fund would go into installing rumble strips and taking action against two-wheeler riders not wearing helmets. It would also used for creating public awareness on road safety and organizing special programmes in schools and colleges.

The state governments had been asked to create a road safety fund on the direction of a Supreme Court-appointed committee. It also asked the states to establish “institutional arrangements” to promote road safety, undertake engineering measures to make roads safer, tighten enforcement, promote road safety education and have adequate trauma care facilities.

According to a state government resolution approved recently, the committee has given directions about road safety from time to time. The committee had said that the state governments should create the road safety fund either by keeping a portion of fines from traffic offences or by any other means. The government resolution says the Maharastra motor vehicle tax rules will be amended and the funds for road safety will come from either taxes on registration of new vehicles, or a sub-tax on vehicle tax.

Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Road-safety-fund-to-curb-accidents/articleshow/54023274.cms

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