Website Impact! ‘Unmarked’ Speed Humps are NOW ‘Marked’ for Motorists Safety
Mangaluru: Yet another feather in the camp for Mangalorean.com- Yes, once again we have proved one more positive result after highlighting the issue in Mangalorean.com-Talk about the power of media, especially Electronic media where we highlight the civic issues and within few hours or few days the concerned authorities who can’t bear the criticism about their negligence, quickly get into action and rectify the civic issues. In the past Mangalorean.com has highlighted various civic issues through our website, and there has been a tremendous effect with most of the problems being fixed in no time, from rectifying dilapidated roads, open drainage, non-friendly footpaths, dog menace, neglected garbage, illegal hoardings, pot holes etc.
Most of us are troubled by the road humps we come across every day. It’s a common feeling that some of them are not required at all, while some of them appear to be hastily put up with no concern for ergonomics, causing damage to motorists’ spines and vehicles’ suspensions. A lot of these humps do not even have white lines marked on them so that they stand out from a distance. To highlight this safety hazard an article named “Mangaluru Humped? Welcome to the City of ‘Unmarked’ Humps!” was published on our website dated 22 May 2017. Less than 24 hours, nearly 95% of all the unmarked speed humps were painted with white stripes.
It would have been nice if these speed humps were painted when they were constructed, instead of waiting for later. Anyways, as they say “better late than never” , the safety hazard has been rectified, after a few two-wheelers were knocked off of their vehicles while going on these unmarked speed humps, also including a KSRTC bus, the bus driver not knowing of the newly installed speed hump, ran over the unmarked hump on MG Road, and lost control with the bus moving towards the extreme side of the road- luckily no injuries or major damages were reported.
The Indian Road Congress has made certain rules and regulations specifically to be followed in the construction of road humps. The rules of the Indian Road Congress are as follows: Road Hump (speed-breaker) specification Central Height: 10-12 cm; Shape: Parabola; Width: 3.5 metres; Length: same as road width. Road humps should be painted in a ‘V’ shape and illuminated by solar cat’s eyes (solar cells embedded on pavements/road that reflect sun rays and glow in the dark) to make them visible. The humps should not be more than five metres away from the junction or the intersection. Two signboards, one at 20 to 30 metres and another 10 metres away from the hump should be placed for the commuters to know about the road humps ahead. The intrusion of tree branches should be prevented. Road humps should be put up only on the main roads and not on the crossroads. In ‘rumble strips’, (humps that have around 5 to 10 strips together), the width of each strip is to be one foot and the gap between each strip, one foot.
Not surprisingly, these rules of the IRC are not available with the MCC, and thus, not many of the road humps are built according to these standards. But at least now that most of these newly erected road humps have been painted with white stripes, there would be less chances of motorists, especially two-wheeler riders being knocked off while moving on these humps. Team Mangalorean extends heartfelt thanks to all the concerned officials of MCC and Traffic department for rectifying the safety issue.
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