Just 5% of traffic accidents in Peshawar happen due to technical faults. In all the other cases human error is involved. This data was shared by Sub-Inspector Ijaz Hussain at an awareness campaign on traffic rules and regulations held by the Peshawar Traffic Police at University of Peshawar on Friday.
Moreover, Deputy Superintendent of Police Ali Muhammad Bogra said lack of traffic awareness, non-cooperative attitude of people and increasing traffic on roads are the main causes behind traffic gridlocks, according to a press release.
“Traffic on roads is dependent on principles education, engineering and enforcement. However, in Pakistan the situation is quite the opposite,” said Bogra.
“There are over 50,000 auto-rickshaws running in the city, while only 11,000 of them are registered with the excise department. Similarly, out of 20,000 taxicabs running in the metropolis, only 800 are registered,” he said.
Sharing the data on traffic fines, the DSP said that they had issued fines worth Rs15 million in October. He lamented that violations of traffic rules were increasing despite such a high amount of fines.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th, 2011.
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