| Dec 1, 2017, 05:32 IST

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed states and Union Territories to set up ‘road safety committee’ in every district by January to take corrective measures to prevent road accidents. These panels will include the superintendent of police, the health officer and representatives of PWD, NHAI and road transport besides a member of civil society.

The court also directed states to set up a trauma centre in each district for quick care of accident victims besides mandatory safety audit of all roads of more than five kilometres. Expressing concern over the growing number of road accidents, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said there was an urgent need to put in place a permanent mechanism to look into the issue.

“There is agreement that at least one trauma care centre should be set up in every district with necessary facilities and an ambulance. States and UTs should take up this recommendation at the earliest since it is on record that treatment soon after a road accident is crucial for saving the life of the victim. In this context, it may also be mentioned that this court has issued certain directions in earlier cases which should be followed,” the bench said.

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