KERALA

Traffic violation makes life tough for pedestrians

A RISKY AFFAIR: Pedestrians having a harrowing experience in crossing through the zebra line in Kozhikode city. Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup  

Biju Govind

Schoolchildren are the worst-affected

Kozhikode: Speeding vehicles, violation of traffic rules and absence of demarcated zebra crossings have made life tough for pedestrians in the city.

"Even during peak hours, the traffic police are not present at important junctions," said S. Shamsudeen, who was hit by a motorcycle at a zebra crossing at Chakkorathukulam.

Despite zebra crossings in front of schools, motorists flout the rules, making it difficult for schoolchildren to cross the roads.

Motorists often violate traffic rules in front of Government Vocational Higher Secondary School at Nadakkavu, near the office of the North Zone Inspector General of Police, and Kendriya Vidyalaya at East Hill.

The East Hill Junction has turned into an accident-prone zone. Heavy vehicles ply on the Mini-Bypass, stretching from Chungam to Meenchanda.

Earlier, schoolchildren were entrusted with the task of managing some of the zebra crossings at Mananchira, Wayanad Road and Nadakkavu during peak hours. But the system was not effective, said the traffic police.

Many of the zebra crossings at the major junctions and crossroads of the city have faded. There is no sign of zebra crossings at three places on Mavoor Road Junction. The situation in front of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation bus terminal and C.H. Overbridge Junction is no different. Jaywalking is quite common, especially along the Mavoor Road-Bank Road Junction stretch. President of the Residents' Apex Council of Kozhikode A. Rajan said both the motorists and pedestrians should observe the traffic rules.