Begging at Vyttila junction distracts the attention of motorists and sometimes leads to accidents. While some motorists take pity and give them coins, others do not pay attention to them. When approaching the vehicles waiting for the signal to turn green, they pose an accident risk danger. What remedial measures do the traffic authorities plan to curb this menace?

Anand Shankar, Tripunithura.

Police Commissioner K.G. James:

Begging at busy intersections in the State is a common problem and the traffic authorities, with the support of Childline activists have taken up various measures to curb this. Posters/stickers have been displayed in various parts of the city to create awareness and discourage child begging and ways of soliciting alms. Measures will be intensified to check and control begging at busy junctions.

The narrow Edappally-Pookkattupady road has become very dangerous for motorists and pedestrians because of over speeding tippers shuttling right from early morning. There are about nine schools at this stretch and if appropriate steps are not taken to check the negligent driving by tippers, accidents will become a permanent feature here.

--Philip Mathew, Pookkattupady

City Police Commissioner, K.G. James:

The Edappally-Pookkattupady Road is one of the main roads connecting Pookkattupady, passing through thickly populated residential areas and there are many raw material godowns on either side of the road. Over speeding of tipper lorries are a hindrance to free traffic movement and also for pedestrians on this stretch.

To check over speeding of vehicles, various measures will be contemplated and appropriate action initiated against those who do not obey traffic rules. Speed Radar Units will be deployed to check traffic violations. Recovery vans also will be pressed into service to tug away vehicles parked at unauthorized places. Public can inform the Traffic Police authorities about any type of traffic violation on telephone number 100 for fast remedial action.

Compiled by K.K. Sankaran

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