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‘People have to commit to their own safety’

Vijay Kamble, additional director general, state highway traffic, says that although the police does take several measures to ensure safety on roads, “it is equally important that people commit to their own safety." Puja Changoiwala in conversation with Vijay Kamble

mumbai Updated: Jan 23, 2012 02:00 IST
Puja Changoiwala

Vijay Kamble, additional director general, state highway traffic, says that although the police does take several measures to ensure safety on roads, “it is equally important that people commit to their own safety." Excerpts from an interview:

A survey conducted in 2010 by the highway police had identified around 100 accident-prone ‘black’ spots on highways across the state. What corrective steps have been initiated to prevent accidents at those spots?

Identification and rectification of black spots is a continuous process. A review of black spots is conducted periodically.

Every four to five years, we identify such spots and subject them to the requisite repairs.

For example, if there a tree is blocking proper vision at a particular spot, it is dealt with immediately. But often, even when everything appears to be okay, an accident occurs.

Please elaborate.

There are so many factors including visibility, sharp curves of roads or probably roads that have uneven surfaces.

Drivers need to be much more vigilant while driving, especially late at night, as in the case of the five people who were killed in an accident on Sunday morning.

Are you planning to enforce speed limits or mount vigilance in the area where the incident occurred on Sunday morning?

The police can and does take several measures to make travel safe. But people have to commit to their own safety as well. The driver of the car that met with an accident on Sunday was speeding.

He was trying to overtake another vehicle when the incident occurred at 3 am.At such an hour especially, drivers should be doubly careful.