Over speeding and illegal parking menace plague NIBM Road

Fed up with unresolved pending issues of crowded footpaths and speeding vehicles that have made walking on the footpaths in NIBM Road area a risky affair, nearly 50 members of the NIBM residents forum demanded solutions from the traffic police at a special meeting on Sunday.

From issues of pedestrians like encroachments on footpaths to vehicle parking in no-parking zones resulting in traffic choke ups, there were many issues that the traffic cops were left to deal with.

Facing the heat, assistant police commissioner (traffic) pleaded that a permanent solution could only be reached if police and civic officials work together with traffic cops and pleaded citizens associations to help facilitate such a meeting, NIBM Road resident, said that It’s a nightmare to travel especially in the night as most speed breakers either not painted or are faded out. It’s a hilly area and hence there should be road reflectors at the dividers. Another resident said, most of the footpaths are encroached due to which they were forced to walk on the road. Narrow roads and vehicles commuting on the wrong direction are major problems in the area.
There is a group of two-wheeler riders who ride at high speed at night creating nuisance in the area. Therefore people started going for evening walk in the society campus.

Traffic police officers assured that appropriate action will be taken and drives will be carried out.

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High-on-speed drivers won’t slow down

Driving at high speed and lane indiscipline have emerged as problem areas at the Urse toll plaza on the Pune-Mumbai expressway where five people have died and 11 were left injured in two similar accidents since October 2. Despite the gruesome accidents, caused due to human error, little has changed in the way motorists drive as they refuse to slow down even as the toll plaza approaches.

 

Most motorists seemed confident of stopping at will even if they were driving at a breakneck speed just a few meters away from the plaza. The rumble strips, meant to slow down vehicles, too fail to deter them. At high speeds, motorists cut into the lane which is vacant or has less number of vehicles in queue to pay the toll. In the absence of any deterrents, lane cutting happens in a matter-of-fact way.
There are seven lanes, each earmarked for different types of vehicles. Two lanes are meant for cars and one lane each for heavy vehicles, buses, light vehicles, VIP vehicles and Talegaon/Chakan exit. But no one follows the demarcation. One can find cars entering lanes meant for buses and heavy vehicles and trucks queuing up behind cars.

 

Car drivers seem to be in a great hurry. But why just blame them. No one sticks to the lane said a staffer of the IRB, the firm which manages the toll plaza. Most car drivers approach the toll plaza at a high speed and struggle to stop at the booth. Even drivers of state transport buses were found overspeeding. The trouble compounds at night as every motorist wants to leave the naka at the earliest.

 

A car driver at the plaza said, Nobody bothers to slow down at the rumble strips. There are two notice boards at 1,000 meters and 500 meters before the toll naka. But drivers just don’t slow down.

 

As part of the highway police’s plan to check overspeeding at the plaza, rumble strips on the Mumbai-Pune corridor were repainted on Tuesday afternoon. A driver pointed out that the rumble strips are located at least 500 meters away from the plaza. So even if a driver slows down, he tends to regain speed before stopping again. Motorist said that, the rumbles should extend all the way up to the payment point. Besides, the lanes should be clearly earmarked so that the highway police can take action against the violators. He added that, instilling discipline becomes all the more difficult in the absence of round-the-clock policing. The mere presence of the one or two policemen at the toll plaza will deter motorists from overspeeding and cutting lanes.

 

Superintendent of police (highways), Pune region, said the accidents indicate that drivers lack professional driving skills and lapse of judgment while driving.

 

Source:

Times of India

09/10/2013

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Normal Speed Meets every Need…!

Over speeding is the main cause when it comes to road accidents in the city. Speed thrills but it also kills! Nearly 27% of total accidents occur due to over speeding. Even though speed is the main killer in road accidents, the Pune traffic police are ill-equipped to curb the speed of the vehicles in Pune. People should leave sooner, drive slower to live longer! The statistics with the traffic police regarding the action taken against over speeding drivers shows that cases against over speeding drivers have gone down. To control the speed of vehicles on some roads construction of speed breakers is necessary.

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Over speeding and illegal parking menace plague NIBM Road

illegal parkingFed up with unresolved pending issues of crowded footpaths and speeding vehicles that have made walking on the footpaths in NIBM Road area a risky affair, nearly 50 members of the NIBM residents forum demanded solutions from the traffic police at a special meeting on Sunday.

From issues of pedestrians like encroachments on footpaths to vehicle parking in no-parking zones resulting in traffic choke ups, there were many issues that the traffic cops were left to deal with.

Facing the heat, assistant police commissioner (traffic) pleaded that a permanent solution could only be reached if police and civic officials work together with traffic cops and pleaded citizens associations to help facilitate such a meeting, NIBM Road resident, said that It’s a nightmare to travel especially in the night as most speed breakers either not painted or are faded out. It’s a hilly area and hence there should be road reflectors at the dividers. Another resident said, most of the footpaths are encroached due to which they were forced to walk on the road. Narrow roads and vehicles commuting on the wrong direction are major problems in the area.
There is a group of two-wheeler riders who ride at high speed at night creating nuisance in the area. Therefore people started going for evening walk in the society campus.

Traffic police officers assured that appropriate action will be taken and drives will be carried out.