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Injured: Thulasi being treated at a private hospital in the city.
Injured: Thulasi being treated at a private hospital in the city.

Staff Reporter

Fourth person to be hit in a fortnight

KOCHI: Adding to the increasing number of accidents involving private buses in the city, a woman was injured in yet another incident on Tuesday, the fourth one in a fortnight.

Thulasi, 65, was injured when she was hit by a bus. The police, however, said that she had attempted to cross the road through a traffic snarl, when the mishap occurred.

Owing to the special ceremony at Kaloor St. Sebastian Church, the area had a traffic snarl at that time and traffic was moving quite slowly.

She suffered a fracture in the leg and injuries on her head. Even though she was admitted first to the private hospital near the accident spot, she was later shifted to the General Hospital, the police said.

The mishap brought to the fore the lack of road discipline among pedestrians. The need of the hour is a whole new traffic culture for all those who use the road, said K.B. Venugopal, Assistant Commissioner of Police, City Traffic (West).

Another issue that the police had been raising for long is a proper audit on the number of buses actually required for the city. It is feared that the condition would be worse with the buses, both low-floor and air-conditioned premium buses, being introduced for city service under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

The City Police are now planning to take up a mass awareness campaigns by setting up display boards across the city featuring messages on safe and secure traffic habits.Meanwhile, the City Traffic Police are continuing with their drive against erring private bus drivers. As many as 12 bus drivers were booked for various traffic offences on Tuesday.

New traffic culture

The traffic culture can be improved by observing the three ‘E’s – education, engineering and enforcement, said M. Beena, District Collector.

She was speaking after inaugurating the seminar on ‘how to develop a new traffic culture’ at the YMCA hall here on Tuesday.

“Only by evolving a new traffic culture can we bypass the existing limitations. We are not going to get wider, better roads nor is there a way to bring down the number of vehicles on the road. What we need is a change in attitude,” Dr. Beena said.

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