Now, a 'Zero Hour' to create awareness, curb traffic violations

Now, a 'Zero Hour' to create awareness, curb traffic violations
There will not be any penalty on traffic violators. Instead, the cops will take awareness classes to violators.

Kozhikode: Zero Hour, a drive to curb traffic violations in the city, will be launched on Thursday.

An hour will be dedicated to stringent monitoring of traffic violations in city limits.

There will not be any penalty on traffic violators. Instead, the cops will take awareness classes to violators.

The timings of the 'Zero Hour' will be changed daily. The control room will inform the timing of the 'Zero Hour' to all police stations and traffic units in advance.

Commissioner K Sanjay Kumar Gurudin has directed the cops to ensure that commuters should not be put to inconvenience due to the drive.

“Zero Hour enforcement shall be targeted only for traffic rules and regulations and not document verification. The enforcing officer shall follow all the guidelines issued earlier from the police headquarters, while checking traffic violations,” he said.

Station house officers (SHO) are directed to form traffic advisory committees consisting of all stakeholders of that area to study traffic congestion and come out with suggestions to ease the traffic.

After the study, the officers can come up with infrastructural requirements including making junctions and road stretches obstruction free, Zebra Crossing, creating parking space and figuring out possibility of one way enforcing one-way traffic.

A special drive has to be conducted with the participation of SHOs along with Traffic police for the verification of all signals and its working condition.

The SHOs shall also study whether the timer settings of the traffic lights needs to be changed as per the traffic density.

SHO shall also suggest requirement of traffic signals or any camera systems.

The initiative also aims at ensuring the presence of SHOs and all other officers, including assistant commissioners on the road.

Directions have also been passed on to school vehicles.

Officers have been directed to sensitize the drivers and supporting staff and conduct surprise checking.

The antecedents of the drivers and staff will also be monitored.

Two-wheelers cause most accidents

From the statistics of accidents in the past few years, it was found that two-wheelers were involved in more than 50 per cent of deaths.

The victim would have survived in majority of the cases if they wore helmets.

In case of drunken driving, negligent driving, accident cases and traffic violations, stringent action like suspension of licence, would be taken.

Speed Radars would be deployed in more spots in the city.

Data of accidents in the city

No                   2016     2017      2018

Fatal accidents     138       168        144

Total deaths         145       184        154

Pedestrian deaths    53        53         43

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