Staff Reporter

To regulate traffic in Sivaganga and Thirupattur

Sivaganga: The police administration has proposed to install four automatic signals in Sivaganga and Thirupattur to regulate the traffic.

The Superintendent of Police, S. Nallasivam, said each two signals would be installed in Sivaganga and Thirupattur. Madurai road and Anna statue were selected for installing electronic signals in Sivaganga.

Similarly, Anna statue and four-road junction were identified for erecting signals in Thirupattur. These would cost Rs.12 lakh. A proposal had been sent to the Government in this regard.

Mr. Nallasivam said a comprehensive scheme would be prepared to reduce the rate of accidents in the district. A total of 389 accident cases were reported last year.

Just over 390 accident cases were reported so far during the current year. Fatal accidents were sporadic.

Most of the fatal accidents were due to carelessness of the victims concerned. Some cases were due to poor road conditions.

Less number of accidents happened in the national highways. Though there were no multiple accidents, a series of initiatives had already been initiated to minimise the accident rate. Fourteen check posts were already functioning in the district. If needed, additional check posts would be established, he said.

The services of friends of police, home guard and volunteers would be used to minimise the accident rate.

Drive to check drunken driving

The Superintendent of Police said a drive would be conducted to register cases against drunken drivers. Besides filing cases, recommendation would be sent to the Road Transport Officer to cancel their licenses. No drunken drivers would be spared. The drive would be conducted in Karaikudi, Sivaganga, Thirupattur, Devakottai and other areas of the district.

Mr. Nallasivam said a special drive was in force to execute pending warrants against various persons. So far 560 warrants were executed during the drive. More than 40 warrants were executed on Sunday alone. There were 300 warrants were still pending.

Last year, four habitual offenders were detained under the Goondas Act. Though just one person was arrested under the Goondas Act this year, process was on to arrest a score of persons.

A new rowdy list was being prepared based on the involvement in various criminal cases. They would be categorised under AB and C categories based on the crimes committed by them.

The Superintendent of Police said the Sivaganga district had been chosen as the third best district in the state in using Wide Area Network. All 34 police stations, five women police stations, District Crime Branch and other offices were connected with the WAN. All information, except law and order problems, was being sent and received through the WAN.