Staff Reporter

Curb drunken driving, says Collector

KADAPA: District Collector M.T. Krishna Babu on Tuesday urged officials to create awareness among school and college students about traffic rules.

Addressing a workshop on road safety, the Collector asked policemen to act tough and check vehicles frequently to prevent drunken driving. He suggested holding meetings every year to create traffic awareness among drivers of heavy and light vehicles as well as autorickshaw drivers.

Accidents on the rise

He directed officials concerned to initiate stern action to check unlicensed drivers. Drivers should keep in mind the safety aspects by realising that they were carrying at least 40 passengers.

Lamenting occurrence of accidental deaths almost every day, he suggested putting up of signboards to indicate accident-prone areas.

Levying penalty on erring drivers including officers would lead to safe driving, as done in Hyderabad, he said.

Four hundred and twenty persons lost lives in 1,346 road accidents last year, Superintendent of Police Y. Nagi Reddy said. Overspeeding by jeeps and autorickshaws, overloading of cargo vehicles with passengers and drunken driving and use of cell phones while driving caused most accidents, he said. Minors were driving bigger vehicles, which needs to be checked, he said.

Stickers released

He asked private managements to conduct refresher courses for drivers.

The Collector and the SP released stickers urging people to wear helmets. A documentary on road safety was also screened. Leaders of Automobile Dealers Association, driving school owners, retired drivers and some advocates explained road safety measures. Kadapa RTO Allah Bakash, APSRTC Regional Manager M. Ravinder, R & B SE J. Chandrasekhar Reddy, police and transport officials also took part.