Lucknow, July 12 -- Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday warned transport department officials, saying they cannot escape responsibility for road accidents by blaming drivers.

Adityanath, who held a road safety meeting with senior officials in Lucknow, expressed displeasure over frequent accidents on Yamuna Expressway and asked the authorities to follow safety measures strictly.

The chief minister also asked the department officials to deploy two drivers on state-run buses on routes more than 400 km long, so that they can take turns driving the vehicle.

He said illegal 'dhabas' located near the expressway should be removed, rumbled strips should be installed on expressways, national highways and state highways after...