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Safety measures: The Superintendent of Police, A.G. Babu (right), conducting a breath test at the Kallatty check post near Udhagamandalam on Saturday. —
Safety measures: The Superintendent of Police, A.G. Babu (right), conducting a breath test at the Kallatty check post near Udhagamandalam on Saturday. —

D. Radhakrishnan

Udhagamandalam: As part of safety measures on Thalaikundah-Masinagudy stretch, the police on Saturday organised a campaign at the Kallatty check post to create awareness among motorists about the driving methods that need to be adopted.

The Superintendent of Police, A.G. Babu, said that its main objective was to prevent accidents on the narrow and winding stretch. Underscoring the need to deal with drunken driving, he warned that not only will the licenses of such motorists be cancelled but they would also be arrested.

Mr. Babu pasted stickers bearing cautionary messages on some of the vehicles passing through check post and also distributed hand bills listing Dos and Don’ts. With the help of an analyser, he tested the breath of some of the motorists. Lamenting that accidents continued to occur on the stretch despite motorists being asked to exercise the utmost caution, Mr. Vijayaraghavan told The Hindu that it was not only narrow but also very steep. While many parts of the road were highly deceptive, a major contributory factor for the frequent accidents was the lack of experience on the part of the motorists particularly from the plains to handle the incline and negotiate the curves. Expressing the opinion that the warning signs were inadequate, he said that every few metres they should be displayed. “Only then the motorists will realise that it is a highly accident-prone stretch”, he added.

Hoardings describing the treacherous terrain and listing the number of fatal accidents should also be displayed at suitable places.

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