As many as 65 accident-prone areas (black spots) have been identified in the limits of Vijayawada Police Commissionerate. As part of measures to promote road safety, the city police had conducted a survey in this regard.
A majority of black spots have been identified on Chennai-Kolkata NH-5 and Pune-Machilipatnam NH-9 which pass through the city. On an average one person is killed in a road mishap in the police commissionerate limits, according to the data available with the city crime record bureau.
As many as 33 persons lost their lives in road mishaps in July. Based on the number of road mishaps occurred in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the city police divided the 65 accident-prone areas into three categories.
There are no black spots in category A as the number of accidents in it is above 15 a year. In category B, there are 14 black spots where the number of accidents is above 10. The black spots in C category are 51 where the number of road accidents is above 5.
According to the survey, most of the black spots are located on the outskirts of the city that fall under the limits of Ibrahimpatnam, Penamaluru, Kankipadu, Vuyyuru, Pamidimukkala, Unguturu and Gannavaram police stations.
In the city, the Patamata police station has 11 spots, One Town police station 10 spots and Krishnalanka police station 8 spots. City police commissioner N Madhusudhan Reddy said:
“The survey will help us take measures to prevent road mishaps. We are leaving no stone unturned to curb the rate of road accidents in the city police commissionerate. We are conducting special drives to check rash driving and promote road safety. A total of 29,454 cases were registered against violators of traffic norms in July. In all, 602 were booked for drunken driving.”