New Delhi, Dec 8 (PTI) Time has come for introduction of an electronic traffic violation detection and automatic challan system in the country as a deterrent to road accidents, Supreme Court judge Justice T S Thakur said while expressing concern over rising cases of accidents.
Justice Thakur said that judiciary is getting burdened due to rising number of accidents as almost all cases come to courts. "Time has come when India needs a electronic traffic violation detection and automatic challan system which would be a deterrent to road accidents," he said, while launching a book titled 'Road Accidents' authored by senior advocate Arun Mohan.
"Over 1,40,000 lives are lost and 5,00,000 people are injured in road accidents across the country annually. All these cases come to the judiciary which stands burdened by over 6,40,000 cases annually," he said. Stressing for the need of an innovative concept to deal with such huge number of road accident cases in present and future, Justice Thakur said a Motor Accident Mediation Authority type institution is needed as suggested by the book. "
A law is in the offing and I hope parliamentarians and experts take note of these innovative concepts which would help in fast disposal of the case without putting the burden on the criminal justice delivery system," he said. Justice Dalveer Bhandari, a judge at the International Court of Justice, said a fine system is needed for issuance of the driving licences in the country as everyone know how in India driving licences are given without even going to the Regional Transport Office (RTO).
Author Arun Mohan said that he is trying to create awareness about traffic safety in the country and claimed that he has ferried over 100 road accident victims to different hospitals.