Follow traffic rules, says SP Harish Pandey

SP Harish Pandey inaugurates the Road Safety Week programme in Chikkamagaluru on Monday.

Accidents can be avoided by following traffic rules. The vehicle drivers should follow discipline, said SP Harish Pandey. 

Speaking at the 30th National Road Safety Week programme on Monday, he said, “There is a need to create awareness on road safety and traffic rules. The vehicle drivers should maintain the distance between vehicles. No one should jump signals. The use of mobile phone while driving is banned. Helmets should be worn by the two-wheeler riders.” 

In the year 2018, Chikkamagaluru has seen 32 murders while 161 persons have died in road accident. About 64% of the accident victims died on the national highway while 13% died in state highways. 

He said, “There has been an increase in the number of vehicles in the country. Speeding and irrational driving result in accidents.”  

Auto driver C M Mallikarjuna alleged that a few shopkeepers park their vehicles on the road, resulting in traffic congestion in Chikkamagaluru town. The parking of tourists vehicles in front of lodges are also an inconvenience to the public. 

Lineman Chandru said, “A few engage in wheelieing on Morarji Desai School Road at Adishaktinagara.” 

Auto drivers urged the police to issue permits for them to park their autos near KSRTC bus shelter. The rules on entry and exit to District Hospital are not followed. The police personnel should be deployed near the district hospital. 

Reacting to the woes of the auto drivers, the SP directed DSP Chandrashekar to seize the vehicles of those engaged in wheelieing.

He said that the parking of vehicles within a 25-metre radius of the signals and junctions should be banned.

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