COIMBATORE: The traffic wing of the city police have outshone their counterparts in the State by bringing down the number of fatal road accidents.
While 38 people lost their lives between January 2019 and March 15 last year in the city, only 17 people died in road accidents during the same period this year, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) R Mutharasu said. “Our personnel issued challans worth 7.40 crore till March 16 this year for traffic violations and collected fines worth Rs 1.38 crore till now. We have been issuing challans using Police-E-Eye app, automatic number plate recognition cameras at traffic signals and handheld challan devices. Traffic violators can pay using debit and credit cards on the spot. Otherwise, the challans will be uploaded on the parivahan.gov.in and the violators can pay through treasury or online,” he told TOI.
Police acted against traffic violators for red light jumping, overspeeding, using mobile phone while driving, drunk driving, carrying persons in goods vehicle and overloading goods vehicles. Those who failed to wear helmets and buckle up seat belts were also taken to task.
As per the data available with the city traffic police, while 10,466 cases were booked for red light jumping, overspeeding and drunk driving from January to March 16, 2019, as many as 40,000 cases were registered this year. While only 65,082 cases were booked for not wearing helmets and not wearing seat belts during the same period last year, 1,52,700 cases were registered this year.
Meanwhile, the number of fatal accidents in Tirupur city has gone up this year. While only 16 people lost their lives last year, 31 people perished on the roads in the neighbouring district this year.
“Among Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Trichy, Madurai and Tirunelveli that have city police, Coimbatore has reduced fatal accidents by 55.26%,” said a senior police officer.Source: TOI