As many as three riders were booked under culpable homicide for causing an accident by driving on the wrong side of the road.
According to traffic police, over 85,000 violators were booked for driving on the wrong side this year alone. Last year, the cases were as high as 1.5 lakh.
Road safety experts said the people who were caught taking the wrong side driving do it mostly because they want to shorten their route to avoid traffic hassle and even to save fuel.
“However, they do not realise how dangerous wrong side driving can be. Wrong side driving is a major cause of accidents in the city. Only enforcement will do no good, people need to be educated about the dangers of such practices,” said Vinod Kumar Kanumala, founder of Indian Federation of Road Safety.
On September 22, a truck driver was booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder for allegedly causing an accident by driving on the wrong side of the road which led to the death of a person.
The victims seeing a truck, driven on the wrong direction, applied a sudden brake. After the victim fell on the road, he was crushed by a DCM travelling behind.
In another recent accident, a lorry driver was booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder for drunken driving and wrong side driving in Mailardevpally.
The accused lorry driver was driving on the wrong route and dashed into the deceased’s bike from the opposite direction. According to police, he dragged the body for 10 metres before halting.
“It also depends on the attitude of the commuters. To educate citizens on serious traffic violations that lead to a fatal accident, we share the footage of some accidents apart from continuing awareness programmes on social media,” said DCP (traffic), Cyberabad, Vijay Kumar.Source: Times of India