Staff Reporter

Efforts to check accidents and rule violations are being taken, says Commissioner of Police

TIRUCHI: With road accidents and traffic rule violations becoming a regular feature, the city police have decided to provide additional manpower to the traffic police wing in a bid to check violations and reduce the accident rate.

The traffic police personnel deployed at vantage points in the city would soon be provided with walkie-talkie sets for faster communication.

The Commissioner of Police, Prateep V. Philip, told presspersons here on Saturday that 108 deaths were reported due to road accidents in various places the city in the past one year.

To deal with problems related to traffic, the city police have formed a Traffic Intelligence Unit, which would focus on matters like on which roads traffic was blocked, etc., and alert the authorities.

The police, he said, planned to conduct a drive during the first week of January.

In the wake of the terrorist attack at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore recently, an alert has been sounded with vigil being maintained at all vital installations in the city.

A thorough vehicle check would be conducted by the police, who would also check lodges, and maintain a vigil on strangers in their respective jurisdictions.

Protective measures would be taken up in places like bus stands and shopping centres where people assemble in large numbers, the Commissioner said.

The city police had embarked on the task of preparing a data bank containing profiles of criminals, including the new ones, he said, adding that the data was being collected.

Mr. Philip, also the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Tiruchi Range, said training was being imparted to the `Friends of Police' members on community policing in districts coming under the Tiruchi range.