The number of accidents on Indian roads continues to grow despite government awareness and commitment to reduce the number of accident related deaths. Incidents of negligent driving has been growing sharply. Across the country, new driving licence issuance is now stricter than a decade earlier. To curtail road accidents, the government last month revised fines payable for road rules broken.
As the number of cars on roads increase each day, the number of drivers booked for accidents has also risen. The process is usually tedious when it comes to fining witnesses and making a strong case. This is when the need for CCTVs becomes paramount.
A doctor from Hyderabad learned just that about a fortnight earlier. Dr M A Bari was driving his Maruti Ertiga and returning home in the evening from Shaadan Medical College when a men dived in front of his car. Dr Bari applied brakes but by then the as of now unidentified 40 year old man had been run over.
The doctor had seen the man waiting at the median to cross the road but as soon as his vehicle neared, he dived. In fact, the man had attempted to jump before another vehicle only a short while ago but locals managed to intercept him. Soon after, he made a second attempt.
Police and local residents moved the vehicle to free the man trapped underneath and took him to hospital rightaway. He succumbed to injuries later in the day. Cops seized Dr Bari’s car, and let him leave after recording a statement.
A case was registered under section 304-a (causing death due to rash or negligent act) of IPC at Langar Houz police station. Upon examining CCTV footage and carrying out necessary documentation last week, police let Bari take back his vehicle. Clearly, CCTV footage saved the day for this doctor.