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Safety of road users in Salem city still a concern

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The inflow of traffic has increased tremendously

Traffic chaos:A view of the congested point near TVS Bus Stop on Omalur Main Road in Salem. —PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
Traffic chaos:A view of the congested point near TVS Bus Stop on Omalur Main Road in Salem. —PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM

The death of a 17-year-old school boy in road accident near TVS Bus Stop on Omalur Main Road on Monday has raised concern about the safety of road users in the city apart from bringing into light of minors driving two-wheelers.

As residential areas have mushroomed in the city, the inflow of traffic has increased tremendously not only at important junctions but also at sub-roads connecting the residential areas with main roads.

The TVS Bus Stop junction is a point where vehicles from Peramanur road, Angammal Colony and Saminathapuram take up Omalur Main Road, vehicles take U-turns keeping the point busy through out the day.

But absence of traffic signals or police personnel to regulate traffic turns the point as chaotic as the worst suffers is the two-wheelers and pedestrians. Presence of bus stops on both the sides of the road disrupts the free flow of traffic causing inconvenience to road users.

But road users point out that installation of traffic signal would not solve the problem instead it would cause congestion in the area. Ravi, a college student, said that encroachments should be removed and vehicle parking should be disallowed in the area so that buses could stop there.

“This would help the traffic police personnel to ensure free flow of traffic,” he added. “With increasing traffic, accident-prone areas and congested points should be studied and effective traffic management system should be in place,” said a motorist.

A senior police personnel said that closing the median would make the Five Road Junction and Brindavan Road turn chaotic which is witnessing heavy traffic already. “Shop keepers of push carts were asked to move to other place and police personnel would be posted to regulate traffic in the area soon”, added the personnel.

Meanwhile, the city police have intensified their drive against school students driving two wheelers as a total of 23 cases were booked on Monday and 42 cases on Tuesday.

Though they were earlier warned and let off, after the incident, case was registered under Section 4 r/w 181 of Motor Vehicle Act and the owner of the vehicle or person accompanying them were booked under Section 5 r/w 180 of Motor Vehicle Act and a spot fine of Rs. 500 were collected.

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