TAMIL NADU

Police rope in NIT-T to curb accidents on National Highways

Concerned over fatalities caused by road accidents in the district, the Tiruchi Rural Police have roped in the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchi, to suggest remedial measures to curb accidents at ‘black spots’ identified on different stretches of National Highways.

Consequent to a discussion between Tiruchi Rural Police authorities and a Senior Professor of the NIT’s Civil Engineering Department, the technical institution would soon carry out field study at the chosen black spots where more accidents had been reported.

The Tiruchi Rural Police have identified 10 black spots along different stretches of national highways passing via the district. The black spots are situated along the Tiruchi-Thanjavur, Tiruchi-Pudukottai Tiruchi-Dindigul, Tiruchi-Madurai, Tiruchi-Chennai and Tiruchi-Karur National Highways, according to police sources.

Details of the black spots and the fatalities have been shared with the NIT to enable the institution to conduct the field study and come out with remedial measures, says the Superintendent of Police, Tiruchi Ziaul Haque.

The Transportation and Engineering Division of the Civil Engineering Department of the NIT will conduct the field study and suggest technical measures to curb accidents and fatalities, says Dr. Samson Mathew, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, NIT, Tiruchi.

The students of the department would be involved in this exercise which would commence soon, Dr. Samson said.

The police would send their personnel attached to the traffic units during the proposed exercise to be conducted by the NIT, said the SP. The NIT would adopt its own methods during the field study prior to suggesting measures aimed at curbing fatalities, said Dr. Mathew.

Although there has been a significant drop in fatal accident cases and casualty figures this year under Tiruchi district limits as compared to the previous year, the police say the objective is to further bring down the accident rate. Police statistics reveal that the number of fatal accident cases reported in the current year up to October 21 is 271. The number of those killed is 299.

This was lesser compared to the corresponding period of 2017 when the fatal accident cases reported were 366 and the number of casualties being 399.

The focus was more on the National Highways as multiple deaths got reported at times like the recent one near Samayapuram Toll Plaza where eight members of a family were killed after a Sports Utility Vehicle in which they were proceeding to Tiruchi rammed a stationary lorry in the early hours.

The suggestions made by the NIT team would help the police in putting forth the remedial measures during the periodic Road Safety Council meeting and coordinate with other stakeholders in further bringing down accident rate and fatalities, said Mr .Ziaul Haque.

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