The number of deaths in road accidents in the city has come down in the first six months of this year when compared with the same period last year, city police commissioner V Balakrishnan said here on Wednesday.
While 139 road fatalities occurred in the first six months last year, 119 deaths were reported in the same period this year. The total number of accidents too has come down from 413 last year to 369 this year in the same period, he said.
Several traffic safety measures taken by police on arterial roads have helped bring down the number of accidents and fatalities in the city. Similarly, innovative changes made by police at busy junctions and crossings have brought down pedestrian deaths.
“Sungam and Hopes junctions will be made zero violation junctions to improve the safety of pedestrians and commuters,” the commissioner said.
“Multiple cameras will be installed at the junctions and monitored by police. Challans will be generated against the violators,” he added. Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) N Mathivanan said they have stopped operating 10 signals on Avinashi Road. “Instead, we have introduced U-turns so that vehicles can keep moving without waiting for the signal.
The signals are now being operated only for pedestrian crossing,” he added. The traffic police have stopped operation of four signals on Trichy Road as well. Similarly, the operation of signals at Lawley Road, Chinthamani, Brookefields, Sungam, Lakshmipuram Bus Stop and Sanganoor has been stopped. Instead, U-turns and roundabouts have been successfully introduced at these signals.
G Manuneethi, divisional engineer for road safety, national highways department, said that they have come up with a pedestrian crossing model to provide safe passage at each U-turn on the Avinashi Road.
“It will be implemented in all the U-turns soon,” he said. After recording nine accidents, including three fatally, last year, the highways department has laid a speed-breaker at AG Pudur junction on L and T Bypass, where heavy vehicles and cars pass at high speed. Special permission from the district collector was obtained to lay the speed-breaker, he added.
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