Vijayawada

70% of rural population wears helmets in Anantapur

5-point advice of Ashok Kumar, SP, wins praise

The focus of the district police on road safety in the past one year has brought encouraging results with 70% bike riders on highways and rural roads wearing helmets.

With more than 50 deaths taking place per month on the district roads, GVG Ashok Kumar, SP, told The Hindu that law and order was definitely the priority of the force but curbing large number of deaths was possible only if awareness was created among the vehicle users.

Expressing concern over the large number of vehicle users in Anantapur city not using helmets, he hoped in course of time good sense would prevail upon them to save their own lives.

His Panchasutra — five-point advice — to vehicle users has gained popularity among people with the police personnel conducting special drives to stop drunk driving, overloading by goods carriers, use of helmets by bike users, seat belts by four-wheeler drivers and non-use of cell phone while driving.

Mr. Ashok Kumar said traffic congestion in the city would ease in the next five to six months when the work on the Ramnagar flyover would be completed and people would not have to make a detour via the Saptagiri circle and the Tower clock junction.

The construction of the Raptadu bypass and the laying of the NTR Marg and some infrastructure projects being taken up with funding from the Ananthapur Smart City Corporation Limited of the State Government would improve the traffic situation, he hoped.

There was also a coordination committee on road safety in which the Anantapur Municipal Corporation also played a major role, he said. The traffic signals installation at proper places and improving traffic islands and filling potholes would help smooth flow of traffic, said Mr. Ashok Kumar.

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