Meeting conducted on road safety makes several proposals

The city police have proposed to close nine roads leading to the National Highways and take measures to improve traffic management to prevent road accidents.

At a meeting held on ‘Road Safety' here on Tuesday, the police identified nine approach roads which are prone to road accidents.

The two approach roads which join the main road from Varadhi junction to Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS), the approach road at American Hospital bridge junction, three roads from American Hospital to PNBS, the road opposite New Sakthi Venkateswara Rao street and the roads opposite Sri Rama Traders and Apsara Lodge would be closed.

Lighting system was improved at Ibrahimpatnam Ring Centre, Gollapudi junction, Madhuranagar, and Seetannapeta gate. Repairs would be done for signal lights located at Vijaya Talkies centre and Swarna Palace, said Police Commissioner N. Madhusudhan Reddy.

Speed breakers would be laid at school zones and awareness would be created among the students on road safety and traffic management by distributing pamphlets, said the Commissioner.

Awareness meet

India has the dubious distinction of surpassing China with regard to road accidents. China, which held the record up to 2005, has improved a lot on road safety, according to the city traffic police.

To celebrate the Road Safety Week, Maris Stella College organised an awareness meeting here on Tuesday.

On the occasion, giving insights into road safety and accidents, Traffic CI R. Moses said India surpassed China in 2006. As many as 1.80 lakh people die in road accidents across the country.

In Andhra Pradesh alone, more than 15,000 died in road accidents. The accidents were a result of sheer negligence, he said. The youth, under influence of western culture, were resorting to bike racing on roads and speed driving. The onus lay on parents to educate their children on road safety. Most of the accidents could be prevented if traffic rules were followed. Traffic safety should be taught in schools and colleges as part of regular curriculum, he said.

College vice-principal C. Innasiyamma, SI Ch. Krishnam Raju, and RSI G. Siva Prasad were present.