Lack of awareness and violation of rules to blame, he says

District Collector and Highway Safety Committee Chairman S.A.M. Rizwi has ordered officials concerned to take all necessary measures for prevention of road and highway accidents. Addressing a review meeting with officials of the transport, R&B, Municipal Corporation, police, and the A.P. State Road Transport Corporation here on Friday, Mr. Rizwi said that for every 10,000 vehicles in the district, 14.5 per cent were meeting with accidents and there was a need to prevent this totally.

He said lack of safety awareness and violation of traffic rules were the main reasons for the accidents, and this could be prevented with active awareness.

Mr. Rizwi said that from January to April this year, 173 road accidents occurred and 105 persons died. The officials should study the problem closely, identify accident-prone locations, and take effective steps to prevent the accidents resulting in fatalities, he opined.

Stating that overloaded sand lorries were causing accidents and also damage to the roads, Mr. Rizwi instructed the officials to conduct inspections at check posts and book cases with the help of mobile teams in order to bring sand lorries under control.

Black spots

More safety measures should be taken at points where service roads meet the highways, as there were more accidents taking place at these points, he added.

The Collector said that 10 black spots were identified where more accidents occurred and they were Gollapudi to Nallakunta, Swathi Theatre Centre, Ashok Pillar to Ghat Road, Kummaripalem, Pandit Nehru Bus Station, Varadhi to Fire Station, Geeta Nagar to Netaji Bridge, Poranki to Gangur, Jyothi Mahal Centre, and Ramavarppadu to Nidamanuru.

He ordered Deputy Transport Commissioner Mohan to send proposals to the Municipal Corporation and the NHAI for taking more safety measures at these black spots.

District SP Harikumar, RTC Regional Manager K.V.R. Prasad, and NHAI PD C.S.S. Murthy were present.

  • From January to April this year, 173 road accidents occurred and 105 persons died

  • Overloaded sand lorries causing accidents and damage to roads, he says