Foggy days ahead, traffic cops place tapes, rumble strips at sharp turns

  • | Tuesday | 12th December, 2023

NOIDA: The city traffic police are identifying T-points, forks and other sharp curves on roads under instructions from the UP additional director-general of traffic police. Reflective tapes, rumble strips, and traffic lights are being set-up at such points to check accidents.Nearly 70% of accidents happen at road curves, data analysis shows. Noida saw 960 accidents, which killed 385 and injured 689, from January to October this year.In those ten months, there were 36,476 accidents across the state, which killed 19,290 and injured 25,616.On Friday, ADG (traffic) BD Paulson sent a letter to the city police with directions to check national and state highways for sharp curves and take measures to curb accidents there.An analysis of the January-October accident data shows the state recorded 37,729, 41,746 and 36,476 accidents in 2021, 2022 and 2023, killing 21,227, 22,595 and 19,290 and injuring 24,897, 28,541 and 25,618, respectively. It also showed that 70% of these accidents were at the sharp T-points and Y-shaped forks, Paulson said, suggesting measures like placing road signs, yellow blinkers, and rumble strips at such points to improve road safety, especially during foggy days.In Noida, DND Flyway and Mahamaya Flyway are among the roads where traffic from two sides merges at Y-shaped forks, but they lack proper signboards and other safety measures. We will conduct further inspections to identify such points and take corrective measures, said Shyamjeet Singh, assistant commissioner of police (traffic).Singh said they also plan to conduct enforcement drives at the roundabouts that witness frequent traffic jams. There are roundabouts and crossings in Sector 15, Atta Peer, Gaur Chowk, etc., where traffic jams are frequent. There are also encroachments near metro stations in the city. We will conduct enforcement drives on a one-day-one-location basis and remove such encroachments, fine the violators, and create more awareness about traffic rules, he said.At a road safety committee meeting on Monday, district magistrate (DM) Manish Kumar Verma also directed officials to work on bringing down road accidents and fatalities. Officials should remove encroachments and fix black spots. The traffic and transport departments will hold enforcement and awareness drives from December 15-31, Verma said.We also published the following articles recently2 Noida techies killed, 19 colleagues injured in Nainital road accidentA group of 21 HCLTech employees met with a tragic accident near Ghatgarh on the Nainital-Kaladhungi road. The large vehicle they were traveling in lost control after brake failure and overturned. Two women died, two are critical, and the driver is also injured. The vehicle hit the roadside divider, avoiding a fall into a deep gorge. The group had arrived in Nainital for a leisure trip and was returning to NCR when the accident occurred.One killed, 14 children injured in Jharkhand road accidentIn Hazaribag, Jharkhand, a school van collided with a bus, resulting in the death of the van driver and injuries to 14 children. The incident took place near a railway siding in the Katkamsandi area. The injured students were taken to Sheikh Bhikari Medical College and Hospital, with some in critical condition. Following the accident, the bus driver fled from the scene, leading to a search operation to find the driver.Traffic diversion on ITI Road for pipeline workA section of ITI Road in Pune will be closed for two weeks to assist water pipeline work. The closure will affect vehicles travelling from Baner Road to Parihar Chowk. The PMC will introduce route diversions based on the progress of the work to minimize inconvenience. Alternate roads have been made available and additional manpower will be deployed to ensure smooth traffic flow. Authorities are urged to install signboards at the work site with details of the agency executing the work and the deadline.

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