TAMIL NADU

Police inaction and lack of road discipline is a lethal combination

DISREGARD FOR TRAFFIC SIGNALS: On Cement Road, Alandur, State-owned buses such as this tend to jump the signal, putting other road users' lives at risk. — Photo: A. Muralitharan

DISREGARD FOR TRAFFIC SIGNALS: On Cement Road, Alandur, State-owned buses such as this tend to jump the signal, putting other road users' lives at risk. — Photo: A. Muralitharan  

Heavy vehicles, particularly government buses, are the main violators In the city's southern suburbs, travel on the highways is a high-risk proposition

K. Manikandan

TAMBARAM: In the absence of adequate police vigil and lack of discipline among motorists, travel on arterial roads in the southern suburbs has become perilous. The scant respect to traffic rules on the highways has caused concern among activists of the area.

The indiscipline of motorists and lack of enforcement of rules is visible on the Grand Southern Trunk Road. The installation of traffic signals at important intersections seems to have made no difference.

For instance, a traffic signal with countdown timers was installed near the Cement Road bus stop near Alandur bus depot about a year ago. But vehicles do not pay heed.

Heavy vehicles, particularly government buses, are the main violators. The problem prevails in signals near the St. Thomas Mount Post Office and the Trident Hotel.

`Ready to lend a hand'

The absence of policemen during non-peak hours poses a serious risk to the law-abiding motorist, whose life is literally at the mercy of his speeding counterparts, the activists said.

Also, nothing was being done to curb overspeeding and rash driving.

Despite being amalgamated with the city police, there was no visible difference to traffic policing in the area.

They said that police should take up the twin tasks of enforcement and education simultaneously and that they would only be too glad to lend a helping hand. Pointing out that 200 people were killed in road accidents in the southern suburbs every year, they appealed to the police to ensure there were no violations.

The activists welcomed the recent posting of traffic sub-inspectors in many police stations in the suburbs and hoped that enforcement of traffic rules would receive top priority.

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