VISAKHAPATNAM: Pointing out overspeeding as the main reason for the road accidents in the state, Andhra Pradesh transport commissioner N Balasubramaniam said that usage of technology was the only option to control the growing road mishaps.
He also stated that the irregular entry and exit points along the National Highway was a major concern and a scientific solution to that would also reduce the rate of accidents in the district.
During his visit to Visakhapatnam, Balasubramaniam said that the AP stands eighth in India in road accidents. He said that about 23,512 road accidents had been registered in last one year in the state, where over 8,000 people died and 26,000 were injured, victimising over 34,000 families.
Balasubramaniam felt that people without proper driving skills acquire licence by influencing the officials. This practice if brought under control, many major accidents could be avoided. “The camera monitoring system at the licence ground will curb all the malpractices. Keeping this in mind we are working on a highly accurate monitoring system,” he added.
NH Becomes Deathtrap
The commissioner pointed out the irregular entry-exit points along the NH, via which vehicles enter the highway suddenly leading to major accidents.
People who maintain the speed limit would also miss the sight of such sudden interventions.
“Such mishaps along the National Highway which are on a rise, has been the major concern of the police. The Outer Ring Road of Hyderabad witnessed many such accidents, after closing some of these irregular entries they were able to bring down the rate of accidents. Same way, wrongly placed openings in the highway has to be closed down in all the accident-prone areas of Andhra Pradesh,” Balasubramaniam added.
The commissioner also addressed various other issues concerning road safety including the violation of speed limits and helmet usage. “We are keeping a close watch on all the violators around the clock with the help of city police,” he added.