They will be removed in morning to ensure free flow of traffic

To reduce accidents on arterial roads at night due to over-speeding by motorists, the City Police have gone in for ‘zig zag’ positioning of barricades at accident prone stretches on Tiruchi Road and Avanashi Road.

The decision to put up the barricades was taken following an accident-mapping done on both the arterial roads.

Analysis

An analysis of the accidents on both these roads revealed there had been eight fatal accidents and 24 non-fatal accidents on Avanashi Road alone while four fatal accidents and 22 non-fatal accidents occurred on Tiruchi Road.

More than 50 per cent of this statistics pertain to the accidents that are reported between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., police sources said.

City Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Pravesh Kumar have issued directions to this effect and barricades with adequate reflective tapes in red, yellow and white colours have been readied for this purpose.

The barricades will form part of the accident control measures on both the arterial roads, said S. Ayyarsamy, Inspector of Police (Traffic – Coimbatore City East). Results from this measure would be studied over a period of time.

As many as four barricades will be placed in the zig zag formation on either side of the road at every location forcing the motorist to slow down.

There would be barricades at a point a little ahead of Lakshmi Mills Junction, near CODISSIA and near Hope College Junction on Avanashi Road. Similar barricades will be put up at Singanallur Junction and near Venkatalakshmi Kalyana Mandapam on Tiruchi Road while the other one would come up shortly near Ramanathapuram Junction, after the City Corporation complete their ongoing underground drainage work.

These barricades will be removed in the morning to ensure free flow of traffic.

On studying the results after putting up the barricades, the police will decide on whether to follow the same strategy in respect of other arterial roads in the city, officials said.

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