Be Safe, the drive launched by the Delhi traffic police on November 1 on identified high-speed corridors in the Capital has improved road discipline in the areas, but commuters are still vulnerable to accidents as they were earlier during the night hours.
The eight corridors — national highway (NH) 1, NH 8, NH 10, NH 24, NH 236, road number 56 that connects east Delhi to Kaushambi in Ghaziabad district and portion of Ring Road connecting Dhaula Kuan to Brar Square — are highly vulnerable to accidents as dangerous mobile traffic violations are rampant in these areas, said a traffic police official.
Sustained checking by the traffic police with the help of interceptors and radars since the past 22 days has led to the prosecution of about 5,000 violators and seizure of 134 commercial vehicles.
The offenders were caught for over-speeding, dangerous driving and other road guildeline laid by the Supreme Court. “Everyday, we conduct the drive for two to four hours during non-peak hours. We cannot conduct the drive in the evening as we do not have night radar guns,” said BS Bassi, special commissioner of police (traffic).
According to the police, 50% road accidents in the Capital take place during night.
For each corridor, 20-30 personnel and an assistant commissioner of police have been deployed to check and prosecute offenders, he added. Bassi said the drive should ideally be conducted throughout 24 hours to enhance road safety and bring sustained change in the behaviour of road users, but it was not possible in the absence of night radars.
“We need at least five night radar guns to start with. Once we procure them, we will be able to conduct the drive throughout the day,” he added.
The Delhi Police felt the need to buy night radar guns two years ago, but so far they have not been able to purchase them.
The police have plans to bring some more accident-prone high-speed corridors under the ambit of the drive eventually.