‘No helmet - no petrol’ for two-wheeler riders

Officials told to act tough against violators

Published - September 27, 2017 01:08 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

Collector Pravin Kumar holding a meeting on road safety at the Collectorate in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

Collector Pravin Kumar holding a meeting on road safety at the Collectorate in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.

Collector Pravin Kumar directed the officials concerned to implement the ‘no helmet – no petrol’ norm for two-wheeler riders to reduce road accident deaths.

The Collector held a review meeting along with Police Commissioner T. Yoganand and Superintendent of Police (Visakhapatnam rural) Rahul Dev Sharma on the measures being taken to prevent road accidents in the district.

Deputy Transport Commissioner S. Venkateswara Rao gave a PowerPoint presentation on the number of road accidents, fatalities and measures being taken by various departments to prevent them. A total of 551 persons were killed and 2,609 were injured in 2,058 accidents, which occurred in the district during 2016.

Mr. Pravin Kumar said accident deaths could be reduced by the use of helmets and called upon the Police and Transport Departments to initiate special measures to ensure wearing of helmets by two-wheeler riders. He called upon the officials to act tough, if necessary to make them comply with the rule.

As a majority of accidents were occurring at junctions joining the National Highway, sign boards and speed breakers should be provided to make motorists reduce their speed before entering the highway. He directed the GVMC, Roads and Buildings and Panchyat Raj Departments to ensure setting up of the road signs and speed breakers. He directed the Project Director of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to provide central medians on the highway at Kapparada, Madhurawada and Anandapuram, where it was missing.

Police Commissioner Yoganand suggested that before taking up works on the National Highway between Anakapalle and Anandapuram, the authorities should discuss safety aspects at the Coordination Committee meeting.

VUDA Vice Chairman P. Basanth Kumar, Additional DCP Mahendra Patrudu, ACP K. Prabhakar, RTO s AH Khan and I. Siva Prasad were among those who attended the meeting.

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