Bengaluru

Police launch ‘Keep left’ campaign aimed at truck drivers

The focus is on the road leading to the international airport

In an effort to ensure lane discipline and reduce the number of accidents, the North division traffic police on Wednesday launched a ‘Keep left’ campaign targeting truck drivers on the busy international airport road. “More than 50% of road accidents on this stretch is due to lack of lane discipline by heavy vehicles,” said a police officer.

The campaign was launched a day after a 21-year-old engineering student was killed on the spot when she hit a truck parked near Bagalur Main Road on Tuesday. The truck driver had not switched on the parking lights.

As part of the campaign, several teams of traffic police flagged down trucks and distributed pamphlets. They also spoke to them about the importance of driving on the left lane.

According to a senior police officer, the international airport road is a 30-km stretch where vehicles move faster as compared with other roads.

As per the rules, the extreme left side of the road is the slow lane where the speed limit is 30 km per hour. The middle lane is for vehicles moving at 60 kmph while the right lane is for fast-moving vehicles. “However, heavy vehicles, especially garbage trucks, use the fast lane, which not only hampers smooth movement of traffic but also poses a danger to other motorists,” an official said.

There are as many as 46 accident-prone zones in and around the city, and the road to the airport is one of them.

Sara Fathima, DCP (North) said, “We have taken many measures to tackle this problem. We have deployed personnel to conduct awareness campaigns among truck drivers. Once the campaign ends, the traffic police have been asked to crack the whip on violators and book them for slow driving or parking dangerously on the road,” Ms. Fathima added.

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