Geo-tag hotspots, check posts to prevent accidents
VIJAYAWADA, SEPT. 18: The traffic police is in the process of identifying black spots related to accident-prone junctions like the Krishnalanka stretch, NH-65 and the recently opened Ring Road near Ramavarappadu.
These spots will be geotagged on priority and the police will set up check posts on the state and national highways.
The police took these steps in view of the rise in accident deaths in and around Vijayawada city over the last two years.
The city police had conductedan Open house session last year, inviting suggestions from the public on the flow of traffic.
Several citizens had pointed out that the traffic will multiply once the Chief Minister starts functioning from his camp office. This prediction was come true.
Lorry owners’ association leader Y.W. Eswara Rao opined that roadjunctions should be improved at Tadigadapa and Enikepadu as heavy vehicles were being diverted to these areas after being barred from entering into the city; the condition of the Mahanadu Road should be improved.
Industrial area association representatives recommended that police should allow free movement of vehicles in Autonagar as vehicles from all parts of the state will reach the area.
Hawkers association suggested that vehicles should not be allowed on Beasant Road in the evening as thousands of people visit the road for shopping.
The National Crime Records Bureau report on road accidents for 2015 stated that Vijayawada is the 30th most accident prone city in the country.
Vijayawada is spread across 61.88 sq km and Mumbai across 603 sq km. The NCRB study considered cities with a minimum population of 50 million. With 29,239 accidents in the state, AP accounted for 4.8 per cent of all accidents in the country.
Of the 1,644 road accidents in AP 362 were fatal. In these, 379 persons were killed and 1,548 injured.
In view of these, the police has decided to geo tag accident-prone areas, by initially marking them as black spots. Besides, the police will also arrange milestones to mark kilometres on highways.
Note: VIJAYAWADA Stood at the 30th spot in the Country in the number of road mishaps. The State accounted for 4.8 percent of allroad mishaps in 2015, in which as many as 379 persons Were killed.