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Drivers ignore red light

EVEN AS the Road Safety Fortnight is underway, travelling remains a nightmare for commuters. And despite all claims to create awareness about traffic rules, nothing changes on the road.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2007 16:26 IST

SCENE 1: Schoolchildren stand on the roadside looking for a way to cross to the other side near New Market. The vehicles have overstepped the zebra crossing at the signal thus leaving no space for pedestrians.

SCENE 2:  An elderly couple crossing the junction but even before the signal light turns green, a car jumps the red light and grazes past the shell-shocked couple. Neither do policemen chase the lawbreaker nor try to note the number of the car.

EVEN AS the Road Safety Fortnight is underway, travelling remains a nightmare for commuters. And despite all claims to create awareness about traffic rules, nothing changes on the road.

At most junctions, the vehicles cross the stop line and encroach on the zebra crossing. This leaves no space for pedestrians who walk through the middle of the junction thereby creating further chaos.

Besides, regulating traffic doesn’t seem on the priority of policemen who are mostly insistent on helmet but don’t take action on riders who start their vehicles several seconds before the light is to turn green and proceed.

DSP Traffic Yograj Singh says that such practices are surely wrong and rules must be followed. “A few seconds can cost a person his life and this commuters must understand.”

Regarding the vehicles overstepping on zebra crossing, he said that at several junctions the policemen are being deployed in all four directions to ensure that such things don’t happen but it can’t be done at all junctions due to lack of adequate personnel needed for such a monitoring.

“We identify those who jump red light and after ascertaining their whereabouts take  action,” said Singh, and added that efforts are on but each individual should realise the importance of traffic safety and follow the rules religiously.