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Concern over reckless driving by mini bus drivers in Ooty

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Dangerous driving: A passenger sharing the drivers seat in a town bus on Lovedale-Ooty Road on Sunday. —
Dangerous driving: A passenger sharing the drivers seat in a town bus on Lovedale-Ooty Road on Sunday. —

D. Radhakrishnan

Regular commuters on Ooty-Kundah Road say drivers take ‘terrifying’ risks

Udhagamandalam: With the roads in many parts of the Nilgiris having become narrow due to various factors, including encroachments, mudslips and construction of drains, retaining walls etc and the number of vehicles registering a significant increase, reckless driving has become a serious source of concern to motorists and pedestrians particularly on the rural roads.

Violators

Stating that among the violators of traffic rules the biggest were drivers of some of the mini buses, people who commuted almost daily on Ooty-Kundah road told The Hindu on Sunday that the risks taken by the drivers were terrifying.

Pointing out that overcrowded mini buses with passengers sharing the driver’s seat and sitting on the door have of late become a common sight, they lamented that despite warnings use of cell phones by the drivers while driving was on the rise.

Stating that they were throwing caution to the winds despite being conscious of the fact that their vehicles were overflowing with passengers, the commuters said that every time they saw the driver negotiating a curve on an incline with one hand their hearts skipped a beat.

Adverting to the recent major accidents on the steep Kallatty Road in which many had lost their lives, they regretted that lessons are yet to be learnt.

For the past several days different parts of the district including Lovedale, Kotagiri, Kundah and their surroundings have been experiencing heavy rain and thick mist has reduced visibility to a few metres.

The chances of rain soaked earth along the roads caving in have increased considerably.

Though this has made matters worse, the drivers are not showing any signs of exercising caution in the matter.

Referring to the disaster management measures initiated by the district administration in the wake of the North East Monsoon becoming vigorous, the commuters urged the authorities to make transport services part of the exercise and issue a stern warning to the drivers and owners of the mini buses.

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