Editorial

Enforcing road safety

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/10/2021 11:21:33 AM IST

 Taking cognisance of road mishaps along the National Highway 29 between Purana Bazar Dimapur to Chümoukedima, the Commissioner of Police(CP) has issued a notification restricting speed limits on the road at 40 Kms per hour for a period of one month from January 5,2021 to February 3,2021. Road mishaps along the particular stretch of the highway has claimed several lives even in the past, when the road was two-lane. The expansion of the highway to four-lane has yet to show doubling of road mishaps. The road stretch along the National Highway 29 especially from Purana Bazar to Chümoukedima has been the scene of many road mishaps. However, what has authorities worried, are road incidents which could increase if no speed limit is imposed. The still incomplete road construction hides many dangers for motorists. According to Traffic Police, a majority of road tragedies were due to rash and negligent driving under influence of alcohol. Dimapur heads the list where road fatalities has been high. Travelling at 40 km per hour in a wide and even road is no guarantee for safety. The Commissioner of Police, in an interview to this newspaper had admitted that implementing the speed limit was a tall order since the Traffic Police has no highway speed checking equipments to enforce speed limit. The main objective of this system is to develop a highway speed-checker device that detects rash driving on highways and alerts, traffic authorities if the speed checker finds any vehicle violating the set speed limits on highways. The system checks rash driving by calculating the speed of a vehicle by using the time taken to travel between the two set points placed on the road at a certain distance. Without it and trying to enforce speed limits is like physically sniffing breath of drivers instead of using a breathalyser to check levels of alcohol. There is also need to install CCTVs at some points along the NH 29. Also, owing to road buffers in between the lanes, there are no inter sections over long stretches, if a driver is to make a U-turn to get to the other side. This compels motorists to ply on the wrong lane and greatly increasing accident risks. With no speed checkers, CCTVs and inadequate traffic personnel, the risks can only increase. The other issue is over driving licences. Road safety is also dependent on the one behind the steering wheels. Driving licences should be issued only after the person undergoes some tests like driving ability, physical condition, reading and understanding traffic signals and regulations before obtaining a learner’s licence before a regular licence. Suspension of license of drivers guilty of causing accident due to rash and negligent driving must be strictly implemented. The names of such drivers whose licences have been suspended, should be uploaded in the police website and passed on to traffic police in all districts. Unless the rules are enforced, danger lies ahead for many and that is the main worry. Invariably, traffic offences are the main cause of road fatalities that needs to be recognised as a major threat on the lives of people. Unless this is tackled firmly,road mishaps could worsen in the days to come.

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