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Bangalore sees decrease in road accident cases

By GANDHALI BELGAONKAR, 10 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

Continuing a four-year downward trend, the number of Bangalore road accident cases between January and August decreased 4.6 percent from the same time last year.

Between 2011 and 2014, road traffic accident cases decreased 16.9 percent, reports the Bangalore City Traffic Police. There were 3,439 traffic accidents from January to August 2014.

“Accident cases in Bangalore have been decreased due to the good traffic enforcement and the traffic rules awareness programmes conducted in the city,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic Department), M.A. Saleem. “Bengaluru Traffic Police have solved around 74 lakh traffic rules violation cases till August 2015.”

Bengaluru Traffic Police set up Enforcement Automation Centre and has 13 interceptors to keep an eye on the citizens who are breaking traffic rules, Saleem said. Bangalore Traffic Police also have more than 175 cameras at different traffic signals. All the traffic inspectors are equipped with Blackberry phones, with which they can access the history of a vehicle and the driver, Saleem added.

Bengaluru Traffic Police and the National Road Safety Organisation will conduct a traffic rules awareness programme at JSS Public School, Banashankari in the upcoming months . The programme will include 30 school students who will undergo intensive traffic management training and these students will manage the traffic outside the school for a week, said S. Satyapal, President of the National Road Safety Organisation.

“Key reasons behind decrease in the number of accident cases are a good use of technology and strict policing,” Satyapal said. “Strict enforcement of traffic rules and awareness programmes conducted by Bengaluru Traffic Police and other NGOs are playing major role in the decrease of road accident cases.”

 
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