Patna, March 8: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi blamed “good and faster roads” in the state for the increase in the number of road accidents as people were driving at higher speeds. “The roads in Bihar are better than before and people were driving at higher speeds,” Modi said in Purnia, 360kms northeast of state capital Patna. Also Read - 'Will Sponsor Her Education in Any Stream': Lok Janshakti Party Offers to Sponsor Education of Bicycle Girl Jyoti Kumari

The remarks came after he returned from Narpatganj in neighbouring Araria district where he visited the house of a woman who was among five people killed in an accident Monday. “The bus driver failed to check the speed and the vehicle hit the JCB machine on national highway 57 in Araria, resulting in death of five people,” he said as quoted by the Hindustan Times. Also Read - Bicycle Girl Jyoti Kumari Wants to Appear for CFI Trials But Studies First Priority, Says Father

With the increase in the number of road accidents, Modi said the government will form safety rules to rein in speed and discipline drivers. Also Read - Migrant Workers Allegedly Loot Four Cartons of Snacks Meant For Shramik Trains at Old Delhi Railway Station

“The government has allocated Rs 17,000 crore in the state budget to improve the road infrastructure,” he said, adding that six mega bridges would be opened in Bihar soon.

On February 25, at least nine students of a government school in Muzaffarpur were killed when a speeding SUV ran them over while they were crossing NH-77. The accused is a suspended BJP leader Manok Baitha.