You will not be able to ride a motorcycle on the JJ Flyover from Friday. The traffic police have banned two-wheelers on the stretch indefinitely to ensure road safety after a steady increase of fatal accidents on the flyover.
The annual report compiled by the Mumbai Traffic police that Hindustan Times has accessed, states that in the last five years, of the 2,474 road accidents across the city, 335 involved two-wheelers, killing more than 71 people, including the riders. On JJ Flyover, 31 people were killed and 66 injured in the past five years with 90 per cent of these being two-wheeler riders.
Nandkumar Chougule, deputy commissioner of police (traffic), said the spate of recent accidents on the stretch has prompted the traffic police to take this action.
A 19-year-old MBBS student died after he rammed his speeding motorcycle on the flyover’s divider on March 23, the police had identified three major spots where majority accidents occurred. “The ban is for an indefinite period to secure the two-wheeler riders as well as other vehicles from accidents,” said Chougule.
The traffic police observed that at late nights when the traffic is less, several motorcyclists speed on the flyover. When contacted, Ashok Takalkar, assistant commissioner of police, traffic, said that there are several stretches in the city such as Marine Drive, bandstand, reclamation, the Bandra-Worli sealink and the JJ Flyover, where bikers race leading to accidents.
In March, the JJ flyover has seen three fatal accidents involving two-wheeler riders. Two suffered injuries after they met with an accident at the same spot. “Turn at Mandvi Telephone Exchange is the most accident prone. We have taken this decision to see whether this helps in reducing the accidents at the flyover,” said Chougule.
“We observed that most accidents take place near three sharp turns on the flyover. Speed arresters will be placed just before these turns just as we have done on the sea link," added Chaugule.
Speed arresters are speed-reducing devices that include thick thermoplastic paints which force motorists to slow down.