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Steps to ensure safety of Palani ‘padayatris’

Staff Reporter

Devotees to be given sticks with reflective stickers

— Photo: G. Karthikeyan

Keep it up: Collector R. Vasuki giving away best performance award to a driver in Dindigul on Monday.

DINDIGUL: Effective measures have been taken to ensure safety of padayatris using highways to go to Palani for Thai Poosam festival. The widened Dindigul-Palani highway would be cleaned perfectly and all pricking stones removed to enable them to walk only on extended way in next three days. Licences of drunken drivers would be cancelled immediately either temporarily or permanently, according to Collector R. Vasuki.

She was delivering valedictory address at a Road Safety Week celebrations held at Regional Transport Office here on Monday.

Sticks with reflective stickers would be distributed to all padayatris at prime locations for their safety during nocturnal walk. Instructions have been given to the traffic police to block over speeding vehicles at least for an hour.

“We want to make this Thai Poosam festival season an accident-free one.” Special training including yoga would be imparted to bus drivers, as State transport corporation buses were involved in 207 fatal accidents, he said.

Superintendent of Police A. Pari said that accidents have not reduced despite stern action and punishments against traffic violations.

Of the 1,930 accidents that took place in 2006, 354 were fatal. In 2007, accidents had been slumped to 1,777 but fatal cases increased to 390. The ground reality was not satisfactory, he deplored.

Anger, ego and temptations must be shunned while driving, he advised. “Our focus is on drunken driving and over speed.”

Human error

Deputy Transport Commissioner (Madurai circle) R. Radhakrishnan stated that human error was prime contributing factor for several road accidents.

Technical snag was secondary reason as the present day vehicles were in excellent condition with necessary safety measures.

Dindigul RTO P. Rajagopal and Motor Inspector K. Selvakumar spoke.

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