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Police taking steps to streamline traffic

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, MAY 5. A common grouse of the Police Department is that it is overworked and understaffed. An inevitable fallout of this is poor traffic management and the people have no option but to bear with chaotic traffic in the city.

However, the department plans to take steps to streamline traffic management in the city.

According to the Superintendent of Police, Pankaj Kumar Thakur, people should coordinate with the department to ensure that driving is made enjoyable.

On traffic discipline, Mr. Thakur says that individuals should drive carefully not just to protect their lives but also that of others.

One of the main reasons for displaying timers at signals is to let motorists know the time they will have to wait before the signal turns green, Mr. Thakur says.

On rash and negligent driving by bus drivers, Mr. Thakur says that the department and the bus owners have to educate the crew in this regard.

If the police crack down on errant drivers, the passengers often tend to support the crew, he adds.

Mr. Thakur says that drivers stop buses in the middle of the road to allow passengers to board or alight from the vehicle, which is a violation of rules.

However, one cannot blame the drivers as the lack of bus bays forces them to stop the vehicles at their convenience, he notes.

Mr. Thakur recalls that members of Jagrut Bharat, a non-governmental organisation, and the Inspector General of Police (Western Range), H.N. Satyanarayana Rao, raised the issue with him.

Reiterating that the police have not turned a blind eye to traffic violations, Mr. Thakur says that the department is committed to set its house in order.

His appeal to motorists is to respect the rights of other road users.

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