Police to intensify road safety drive in Kozhikode

Traffic congestion on the civil station stretch of the Vellimadukunnu-Mananchira road in Kozhikode city. (FILE) Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup  

With no decline in the number of road accident deaths in the first quarter of 2018, the police are planning to proceed with stringent road safety drives in the months to come. Efforts are on to trace road rule violators using digital surveillance tools besides deploying special squads in accident-prone routes.

The latest figures of the District Crime Records Bureau reveal that 44 persons were killed in various road accidents since January 2018. Compared to the previous year’s figures, there has not been a considerable decline in the number of accidents. The highest number of people were killed in various freak accidents within city limits on the day of Vishu. Seven persons were killed in a single day, and a majority of the victims were two-wheeler riders.

The traffic police have cited the carelessness of drivers to be the major reason behind accidents. There have been cases in which the drivers fell asleep and caused accidents, they point out.

Assistant Commissioner (Traffic) P.K. Raju says a stringent enforcement drive will be launched with the start of the road safety awareness week observance on Monday. During the observance, one day will be fully dedicated to tracing road rule violations using digital tools and surveillance cameras, he adds.

As two-wheeler riders form the majority of road accident victims, efforts are also on to undertake a one-day drive to track under-age drivers and those who drive without wearing helmets. The police say nearly half of the road accident victims who succumbed to injuries during the first quarter of the year were two-wheeler riders. About 350 persons, including pedestrians, suffered serious injuries in various accidents during the period.

Along with special enforcement drives, the police are planning to conduct awareness sessions for the drivers with focus on the reasons behind major accidents that recently claimed lives in the city.

Documentaries and short films depicting the causes of accidents and the impact it has on families too will be screened during such awareness classes.

“Currently we have no effective mechanism in place to instantly update the driving history of the licence holder after tracking road rule violations. Foreign countries have adopted this system and it has helped them a lot to encourage safe driving,” says Mr. Raju.

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