When traffic police go off the road in the night, men behind the wheels take road norms for a ride.
Stiff prosecution of errant vehicles by traffic police during the day may have helped them register a decline of 20% in road mishaps in the past two years, but their thin presence late in the night and inadequate arrangements to detect vehicular speed is the reason behind most fatal accidents that take place during night.
Sample this: Till September 30, police have registered a total of 735 accidents that took place during day when roads are overcrowded while the number is 718 for night when roads are almost deserted.
Improved traffic management in night can bring down these cases, but the traffic police is helpless due to inadequate manpower. “With 5,000-odd personnel, we can’t deploy police during nights and compromise with traffic management during day,” said joint commissioner of police, traffic, Satyendra Garg.
To add to the problem, their speed interceptors can’t detect speeding vehicles during dark.