KERALA

Traffic violations go unchecked in city

A car which rammed a bike at the junction behind the Indira Gandhi Co-operative Hospital, Kadavanthra, is being towed away by the police. Poor visibility because of tall metallic medians has been causing accidents in the spot. — Photo: Vipin C handran

A car which rammed a bike at the junction behind the Indira Gandhi Co-operative Hospital, Kadavanthra, is being towed away by the police. Poor visibility because of tall metallic medians has been causing accidents in the spot. — Photo: Vipin C handran  

KOCHI, MARCH 17. Junctions in the city have become accident-prone as many motorists take a right turn through the right side of traffic islands and signals, instead of the left.

This feature is peculiar to Kochi and traffic policemen encourage motorists to do this, knowing well that it is against rules, admitted a police officer.

The worst affected is the Kadavanthra junction, where confusion reigns throughout the day.

Vehicles wanting to take a turn from the Vytilla side of the road towards Katrikadavu are often directed through the right side of the traffic island.

The result is that drivers of these vehicles will take a perpendicular turn, unaware of vehicles approaching at high speed from the side of the GCDA office.

Similar is the case at Manorama Junction, at the junction near a marriage hall at Kadavanthra, Jos Junction, Padma Junction, Main Boat Jetty Junction, Judges Avenue Junction and Deshabhimani Junction.

This throws light on the need to widen the junctions. Apart from ensuring that there is ample space for free-left turns, this will leave some space at the centre for constructing a roundabout.

The advantage will be that motorists taking a turn at junctions will have a clear idea of vehicles coming from the left side.

Roundabouts are common in Thiruvananthapuram city, whereas Kochi has to make do without them, despite having more number of vehicles.

Hoardings a bane

Advertisement hoardings on all four sides of traffic islands make matters worse. Another problem is metallic medians carrying advertisements, put up at many junctions in the city. Accidents have become commonplace at these places.

The police say that tall metallic medians, with sponsor's name prominently displayed, disrupt the visibility of drivers. At least the height has to be decreased for better visibility.

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