Traffic police step up drive against violators

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DANGER ON THE ROAD: Fatal accidents involving motorcyclists are on the rise in the southern suburbs of Chennai.
DANGER ON THE ROAD: Fatal accidents involving motorcyclists are on the rise in the southern suburbs of Chennai.

K. Manikandan

However, accidents show no sign of decreasing in the southern suburbs

TAMBARAM: Road accidents are on the rise in the southern suburbs of Chennai in spite of the police stepping up its drive against vehicles violating traffic rules.

In the Tambaram Traffic Police (Enforcement) jurisdiction 126 people were killed in road accidents last year and so far in 2007, around 80 people have died in accidents. There has been a severe toll of lives in the past two weeks in the suburbs as a number of accidents were reported from different areas.

On Friday, a 19-year-old youth died on the spot after being hit by a rashly driven lorry on Medavakkam Main Road at Madipakkam. The victim, Daniel Richard, sustained injuries on the head and abdomen when he came under the wheels of the lorry.

A student of an engineering college in St. Thomas Mount, Daniel was riding a motorcycle and was on his way to his house in Vellala Street, Ullagaram. At Madipakkam, the tipper lorry hit the motorcycle from behind, throwing him out of his vehicle. He fell on the road and came under the heavy vehicle.

Poor road conditions and rash driving by speeding heavy vehicles have always been a cause of worry for motorists on this road and residents of Madipakkam and nearby areas. The fatal accident only exposed the dangers posed by deadly combination of bad roads and reckless driving, traffic policemen admitted.

On Tuesday, a speeding motorcyclist knocked down a man who was about to board a government bus at Peerkankaranai bus stop on Grand Southern Trunk Road. Till Saturday evening, the identity of the victim was not established. The victim was wearing a lungi and a green checked shirt and was about 40 years old.

The motorcyclist was riding at a high speed, and in the impact of the collision, the victim was thrown to a distance of about 25 feet, police said.

And on Thursday night, a government bus hit a man at Pallavaram on GST Road. He was about 35 years old, police said, adding none had come forward to claim these two victims’ bodies. They too were unable to contact their relatives in the absence of any clues to establish their identities.

Police said they had stepped up their drive against undisciplined driving and so far this year, they had slapped 7,122 cases. While most of the cases are of speeding, others include those for drunken driving and use of mobile phone while driving. The drive had realised a fine amount of Rs. 32.49 lakhs, compared to Rs. 14.32 lakhs collected between January and August last year.




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