Fatal crashes on flyover prompt police crackdown on parking

Fatal crashes on flyover prompt police crackdown on parking

Fatal crashes on flyover prompt police crackdown on parking
Two deadly accidents on the Hosur Road  elevated expressway  in the past week have prompted the traffic police to enforce road discipline among motorists and ensure that no vehicle is parked  on the road under any circumstances.  

On  December 29, 2017, a biker crashed into a parked  car before being run over by an approaching  vehicle. On  January 3, a 32-year-old software engineer  lost control of his scooter and crashed it into a parked car. A speeding Tempo Traveller coming from behind  mowed him down.  

Police have adopted a multi-pronged strategy to check accidents on the nine-kilometre-long expressway: To begin with, they want the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to install CCTV cameras on the entire road. In the long run, they want a complete ban on  all two-wheelers. They would also prosecute  the owners of parked vehicles involved in accidents.  

"How can someone be so careless that his car (Maruti WagonR)  runs out of fuel in the middle of the expressway," a senior police officer asked, referring to Wednesday's accident.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic-East) Abhishek Goyal has directed the  Madiwala and Electronics City police - who have joint jurisdiction over the expressway - to strictly enforce  discipline among motorists and ensure no vehicle stops on the stretch.

Ban on two-wheelers

The traffic police had proposed to ban all two-wheelers on the expressway after two riders fell 45 feet down on the road below after their bike was hit by a car on October 14, 2017. But the proposal took a back seat as the NHAI had entered into an agreement with  the concessionaire, allowing the latter to collect toll from motorcyclists, too. "Human lives matter more than toll collection," a senior police officer said.

Police are likely to write to the NHAI to consider the safety of motorcyclists on the expressway.  Goyal said they would first write to the police commissioner, T Suneel Kumar, listing the pros and cons of the ban on two-wheelers. The commissioner will then take the matter up with the NHAI, he added.  

The traffic police will recommend to the NHAI to instal CCTV cameras every kilometre of the expressway, besides putting up screens to show the details of parked vehicles in real time. The CCTV footage will help the police investigate accidents. At present, police find it difficult to investigate accidents given the few CCTV cameras on the expressway.  

This apart, police will ask the NHAI to instal cameras that can detect the speed of every vehicle and penalise the  speeding ones at the toll booth. "The expressway has two lanes on each side. We cannot block a lane with our interceptor to check vehicles' speed," Goyal said. The NHAI will have to set up speed rumblers at designated points, he added.

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