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Supreme Court approves guidelines meant to protect Good Samaritans

Supreme Court approves guidelines meant to protect Good Samaritans
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Friday 01 April 2016, 15:52 PM

The Centre's guidelines to protect Good Samaritans, who help road accident victims, from being unnecessarily harassed by police or any other authority, has been approved by the Supreme Court. The Central government has been asked by a bench comprising justices V Gopala Gowda and Arun Mishra to give wide publicity to these guidelines so that people who help others in the time of distress are not victimised by any authority.

The guidelines placed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, based on the recommendations of the three-member committee headed by former judge K S Radhakrishnan was recorded by the bench.

12 major recommendations given by the committee included setting up of State Road Safety Councils, evolving a protocol for identification of black spots along with their removal and monitoring to see the effectiveness of the action taken. The committee appointed by the apex committee also suggested strengthening of enforcement of laws relating to drunken driving, over-speeding, red light jumping and helmet or non usage of seat belt.

The statement given out by the ministry said that in the absence of any statutory backing, it was difficult to enforce these guidelines. Therefore, the government had approached the apex court to consider issuing these guidelines, through an order binding on all states and Union Territories, until the Union government enacts a law to this effect.


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