Traffic violations on the National Highways in the district will be dealt with seriously, warned Collector C.N. Maheshwaran here on Monday.

He told reporters that the four-lane National Highways was formed for the smooth flow of traffic. The roads in the district had many ups and downs due to its geographic nature. Vehicles to western and northern States were passing through Krishnagiri. In spite of repeated advices, the drivers of heavy vehicles continued to violate traffic rules.

Heavy vehicles should operate only on the left side of the road to give way to the emergency vehicles, Light Motor Vehicles and Sport Utility Vehicles on the right side.

Under the Motor Vehicles Act 118 (2), vehicles should always be kept on the left side of the road giving way to the vehicles coming in the opposite direction. Moreover, vehicles should not take sudden left or right. Violating this would lead to fatal accidents.

With a view to regulating the traffic on the National Highways, high-speed police patrol vehicles were being kept ready to book the violators. It had also been decided to install cameras at important points on the NH to monitor violations, Mr. Maheshwaran added.

He said that special squads would patrol the NH from the Karnataka border to Sappanipatti bordering Dharmapuri district and up to Velakalnatham bordering Vellore district on Chennai road.

If any heavy vehicle was found violating the rules, it would be fined a maximum of Rs. 1,000 or six months imprisonment for the driver if it was the first time. If the driver committed the offence for the second time, the punishment and fine would be doubled, the Collector added.

N. Palanivelu, Regional Transport Officer, was present during the press briefing at the Collectorate.

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