To cut down the rate of accidents in Chandigarh, the traffic wing of UT Police claimed to have sent various proposals to the engineering department. These include construction of underpasses, special footpaths for pedestrians’ safety and holding special nakas to penalise offenders.
Also, the cops were organising various campaigns in different schools and colleges to make students aware of traffic rules.
Cops say they regularly study the reason behind fatal and non-fatal accidents and if any fault in road or street lights is found, the engineering department is immediately told to remove it.
Traffic cops say some areas lacked reflectors and street lights. They have also identified ‘killer spots’ and research is being conducted to reduce the number of fatalities in such areas.
The traffic wing has urged the engineering department to make special footpaths for pedestrians and install grilles on various dividers.
Besides, the department has also been told to install sign boards and amber lights for pedestrians. Traffic cops say many drivers don’t stop their vehicles even at places where pedestrian crossings were clearly marked.
Senior superintendent of police(traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary said they were focusing on enforcement by issuing challans, educating the residents by holding seminars and giving special training to police control room(PCR) staff to rescue accident victims and provide first aid.
“We have asked the engineering wing to make roads pedestrian-friendly by making underpasses. Authorities have been also told to consider constructing fly overs on roads where maximum accidents have taken place,” added the SSP.
Total accidents this year till Nov 15: 354
Number of people killed: 103 (men 76, women 27)
Number of people injured: 294 (men 225, women 69)