Kerala

Police action plan to reduce accident rate

Focus on use of tech, intervention of law enforcement

The district police have come up with an action plan to reduce road accidents in the district.

District Police Chief S. Surendran said here on Thursday that the use of technology, effective intervention of law enforcement and public participation were some of the measures mooted to prevent road accidents.

“In June we had launched Subhayathra 2018. It has helped to reduce road accidents considerably. However, there is a slight increase in the number of accidents in December. We have taken it seriously and the officials concerned have been alerted,” Mr. Surendran said.

As part of the plan, traffic warning signals, flashers, cameras and warning boards will be installed in different parts of National Highway 66.

Control room

A round-the-clock control room will be set up to monitor it. The system will be put in place at Aroor, Eramalloor, Chandiroor, Cherthala, Vayalar, Pattanakkad, Kuthiathode, Thuravoor, Mararikulam, Kalavoor, Kommady, Kannan Varkey Bridge, Kalarcode, Paravoor, Punnapra, Vandanam, Valanjavazhi, Ambalappuzha, Purakkad, Kottaravalavu, Thottapally, Haripad, NTPC Junction, MSM College Junction and Kayamkulam.

Mr. Surendran said the setting up of a modern surveillance system, signal lights and a control room at the Kakkazham rail overbridge would be completed in 30 days.

The project was implemented at a cost of ₹30 lakh. Similarly, CCTV cameras would be installed in Chengannur town at a cost of ₹5 lakh. The cameras would be used for surveillance and road safety.

Automatic number plate recognition cameras would be installed at Shavakottapalam and General Hospital Junction in Alappuzha town.

The DPC said that stringent action would be taken against those driving without valid licence. “A mobile application will be developed and shared among officials with details of people whose driving licence have been cancelled for violating the law,” he said.

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