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THE RURAL police are cracking down on road safety-related traffic offences that could potentially endanger other road users, including pedestrians, on the State and National Highways. The enforcement drive has been on for the past one week as part of the road safety campaign of the district police.
On Sunday last, four persons were killed, including a pedestrian and three of a family who were travelling on a motorbike, in an accident that involved a mini- lorry at Thattupalam on the National Highway in Kallambalam police station limits. The driver of the mini-lorry was arrested by the police on charges of drunken driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
A senior police official said drunken driving was the most common offence detected during the enforcement drive.
In the past two days alone, as many as 180 persons were arrested on charges of drunken driving in the rural district. Many of the arrested persons were two-wheeler riders and drivers of cargo vehicles. The police also found that many of the drivers of mini-vans conducting parallel services in the rural district did not possess driving licence and were youth below the age of 18.
Night-time traffic enforcement was also part of the drive. Nearly 50 motorists who failed to dip the headlights of their vehicles at oncoming traffic were stopped and fined. The police also checked whether the headlights, rear lamps, brake lights, wipers and indicators of vehicles were in working order. An official said several vehicles had only one headlight in working order. In some, the rear lamps did not work. Cargo vehicles carrying perishable goods were the biggest offenders in this category. The night-time enforcement was done between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and later between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. The police conducted random enforcement checks on key stretches between 12 midnight and 3 p.m.
The Rural police are also taking a hardlook at "dangerous overloading" by cargo vehicles. Several vehicles carrying loads projecting out of the cargohold were booked by the police in the rural district. An official said the police would take a hard look at vehicles overloading school children.
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