Precious lives could be saved if road users follow traffic rules – SP Annamalai

Precious lives could be saved if road users follow traffic rules – SP Annamalai

Udupi: “Several precious lives could be saved if road users follow traffic rules. All road users should be aware of various safety measures and follow them,” said Annamalai, Superintendent of Police.

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He was speaking after inaugurating the “Save A Life – Accident and First aid” awareness campaign for the youth organised by Rotary Udupi in association with the Udupi district Police at Madhava Pai Memorial College, Manipal here on July 20.

“India has the highest rate of road accident deaths after China in the world. Most of the traffic accidents are the result of indiscipline, ignorance of the rules and drinking and driving. As per the data available. India witnessed 4 lakh road accidents and 1.7 lakh deaths. The total number of injuries and deaths due to road accidents have risen in the last six months. The country reported 74000 accidents in the last six months. With the country witnessing the highest number of road accident fatalities globally, ‚Äčthere is an urgent need for reducing accident rates in the country,” he added.

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Vehicle drivers should be aware of the reality. One small mistake on their part could take away many lives. Negligence of traffic rules along with reckless driving is the main reason for mishaps. Most accident victims can be saved if they get at least primary medical attention and are shifted to professional medicare within the golden hour.

It is the duty of every rider/driver to protect his life and that of others while driving. One should always follow rules and should not give any scope for accidents. Youth should not consume liquor or any other intoxicating substances while driving. There is need to create awareness about traffic rules, he added.

Subramanya Basri, Suresh Shenoy, Ramachandra Upadhya, Suresh Shenoy, Prabhakar Malya, Dayananda Shetty, Radhika Pai and others were present.

1 Comment

  1. Dear SP Annamallai,

    Surely loss of precious life and property can be made minimal, if the authorities too
    understand the situation and act on it – instead of just giving big talks of conern in public.

    Accidents do happen even in the most developed countries with the most sophisticated
    and well built roads and signalling systems – USA, Dubai, Kuwait, Germany, to name a few.

    Accidents in Udupi and Mangalore can be minimized if a thorough study is undertaken
    by all the authorities empowered for the development of roads and signalling system.

    I have voiced many a times in Mangalorean.Com on this subject, and as a concerned
    citizen, I must reiterate once again, especially to SP Annamallai, who seems to be an
    honest and responsible person in authority:

    1. Erect Traffic Lights on all major cross roads in Udupi starting from Manipal, Kalnsanka,
    City Bus Stand, Bannanje/DC Office, KSRTC Bus Stand, Udupi Head Post Office, Diana
    Circle, Big Bazaar/Ajjarkad junction, etc. At present there are none, and one or two that
    are there, are non-functional. Do not allow MESCOM to switch off road lights at night.

    2. Mark main roads with lanes, Pedestrian crossings, Left Turn, Right Turn, etc.

    3. Install LARGE BOLD Warning Signs, Traffic Signs, and Speed Limits. When one goes
    to the RTO, one is made to read and understand many traffic signs, that are non-existant
    on any road in Udupi!

    4. Erect speed breakers, that truly stops a vehicle to break speed, and not
    those 2inch plastic speed breakers that are installed that everyone speeds over.

    5. Put Traffic cops all over 24 hours – and do not allow them to stand in groups
    as you will witness at Kalsanka or the City bus stand – simply standing and talking
    instead of effectively manning the roads to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

    6. Educate people, especially the locals, Not to drive on the wrong side of the
    roads, not to ride a bike or scooty with 3 & persons, not to park any
    where and everywhere, to get in the habit of using Turn Signals and slowing
    down much in advance in all cases. Educate private bus drivers on how to
    drive a bus with public inside – they are some of the most rash bus drivers on
    planet earth.

    7. Constructs open grounds and/or Parking Buildings, so as to facilitate parking
    of vehicles – at present there are none – this is a need and not a luxury!

    I hope the above few inputs will be read and implemented by all the authorities,
    as in India, improvisation or carrying out something for the people involves a lot
    of people who never walk the roads, who always go around in police escorts with
    roads cleared, and who depend on the Central Govt. to approve, sanction, and
    release funds, and the CM and the MLA’s etc. to take credit, and the Contracts
    awarded to barbers and cobblers, who know nothing about construction, and
    ultimately, we get poorly constructed roads, shabbily constructed footpaths,
    and badly engineered drainage, that are never cleaned periodically.
    SP Annamallai cycles every day 20km as per his claim, surely he must have
    witnessed all the above in Udupi. The Mangalore part is fed in almost on a
    weekly basis by the reporters of Mangaloren.Com

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