Staff Reporter

Heavy penalties to be collected from two-wheeler riders, cars, autorickshaws and heavy vehicles

Using of seatbelts will be mandatory from March 150 breath analysers to be put to useAwareness campaigns on road safety to be conducted

VIJAYAWADA: The Krishna Road Safety Mission has decided to arrange breath analysers at toll plazas on the national highways to test the drivers. Penalties will be collected from drunken drivers and from those four-wheeler drivers who do not wear safety belts while driving. Using of seatbelt will be mandatory from March 1. The Road Safety Mission will meet on the first Saturday of every month.

The mission reviewed road safety measures at a meeting held at the District Collector's Conference Hall here on Saturday. Krishna District Collector Navin Mittal said that 50 breath analysers would be used at different toll plazas and main roads in the district. Police and Road Transport Authority officials would check all vehicle drivers. Undergoing a breath check would be mandatory for the drivers between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Penalties to the tune of Rs. 250 for two-wheeler riders, Rs. 500 for cars and auto-rickshaw drivers and Rs. 1,000 from heavy vehicle drivers would be collected in the event of violating the traffic rules.

Expressing concern over the increased number of road accidents and the number of casualties every year, Mr. Mittal said that on an average 11,500 people were being killed in road accidents across the State every year. The toll was 1,000 in Krishna district, which was alarming, he felt.

For the convenience of drivers, caution boards would be set up at road dividers on the national highways and hoardings with details of road rules would be put up at important places.

Mr. Mittal said that awareness campaigns on road safety would be conducted at schools and colleges and pamphlets would be sent to vehicle drivers through their children.

City Police Commissioner Umesh Sharraf said that drivers of heavy vehicles and buses should follow the road rules strictly. He asked the officials concerned to keep a tab on drivers who violate rules and exceed the speed limits.

Commissioner of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) Natarajan Gulzar, Vice-Chairman of VGTM-UDA V. Durga Das, Deputy Transport Commissioner Ratna Manikyam, Regional Manager of APSRTC M. Seetapathi and other officials were present.