The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) has issued a warning to citizens, especially pedestrians, to be cautious while walking on roads. This is because buses are prone to accidents due to the negligent behavior and careless attitude of some pedestrians who do not take minimum precautions. In the current fiscal year until February, 283 people have died in road accidents, out of which 71 were pedestrians. This means that over 25% of those who died due to road accidents were pedestrians. The RTC officials have conducted a thorough investigation into the nature of accidents, which revealed that pedestrians die in road accidents due to a lack of proper understanding of traffic rules.
The TSRTC chairman and MLA Bajireddy Govardhan stated that the RTC is taking all measures to prevent road accidents. Special training was given to around 4,000 rental bus drivers recently. To prevent road accidents, safety wardens have been appointed at every depot. However, he added that RTC buses are prone to road accidents due to small mistakes made by pedestrians knowingly or unknowingly. He emphasized that these accidents are caused by carelessness.
The TSRTC MD VC Sajjanar mentioned that statistics reveal that one out of every five victims of road accidents in the country is a pedestrian. He further added that 15 – 20% of pedestrians die in these accidents. Pedestrians are advised to increase their self-awareness on traffic rules to prevent such accidents from happening.