Spurt in road accidents

PONDICHERRY, MARCH 3. The rise in number of road accidents in the Union Territory has been causing concern to authorities and the public.

The Senior Superintendent of Police (Law and Order), Sunil Garg, said here today that about 200 road accidents were reported so far this year. These included 34 fatal accidents in the last two months. There were 24 fatal accidents during the corresponding period last year. The Union Territory recorded 182 fatal accidents last year.

Mr. Sunil Garg said steps had been taken to curb violation of traffic rules.

On the limitations of the police, he said the non-imposition of spot fines was a major hurdle. The Traffic Advisory Committee (chaired by the Chief Minister) could request the Government to permit the police to levy spot fine. The police had been booking not less than 140 cases a day against those violating the Motor Vehicles Act.

Mr. Sunil Garg said the demarcation of work under north, south and rural police wings had started yielding results in crime detection.

`Deposit arms licence'

Stating that Election Commission guidelines had been scrupulously followed, the Senior Superintendent of Police said private persons should deposit all arms and weapon licences with the police.

An election cell headed by the Superintendent of Police, Sivadassan, was opened to issue guidelines to the police personnel.