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Coimbatore: West Zone Police along with the National Highways Authority of India are evolving various measures to reduce accidents on the National Highways.
Talking to The Hindu, P. Sivanandi, Inspector-General of Police - West Zone, said that in the first place the jurisdiction officers had been instructed not to park their highway patrol vehicles along the extreme road boundaries. The decision follows that most of the collision of running vehicles was against stationary ones. The parking should be only in the bays and at the designated resting places.
The officers in the zone had also pointed out the indiscriminate occupying of slow and fast moving vehicles on any of the three lanes as a cause for traffic snarls and accidents. Now efforts were on to ensure that the extreme left lane would be for slow moving vehicles that proceed at less than 80 km. per hour while the vehicles moving at a higher speed could use the middle and third lane. This would help reduce accidents and ensure smooth flow of vehicles, Mr. Sivanandi said.
There would also be sign boards to educate and guide the drivers on the lane pattern and speed restrictions on NH. The entire exercise would be preceded by an awareness programme in the form of distribution of pamphlets besides screening short films. The NHAI and West Zone police have a short play/movie in CDs to be played at resting places/dhabas along the highways.
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