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ORR speeding: police may increase surveillance

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Outer Ring Road (ORR) junctions here are turning into “potential accident zones” with frequent fatal accidents due to speeding heavy vehicles.

With collapsible barricades, introduced recently by the MUDA on the advice of traffic police on some stretches of the road to curb speeding, proving ineffective, the city traffic police are now thinking of stepping up traffic surveillance at major junctions to check negligent driving.

Residents have been complaining of speeding on the ORR and sought corrective steps. The stretches had reported a few fatal accidents, including the one that occurred on Monday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) N.D. Birje told The Hindu : “The alternative is to step up surveillance on at least major junctions like Bogadi, Dattagalli and Hinkal. The presence of traffic policemen may rein in over-speeding vehicles.”

He said frequent patrolling by interceptors will also be considered to penalise vehicles that flout the speed norm and cause accidents. Collapsible barricades (similar to those introduced on the Bengaluru-Mysuru National Highway) had been introduced last year to restrict vehicles from speeding on most stretches of the six-lane ORR. The road had actually become a preferred spot for speed seekers.

The road has become a major transit route for office-goers and schoolchildren. The carriageway is also a major route for transport trucks with the police banning the movement of heavy vehicles inside the city to avoid congestion.

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