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COIMBATORE: The West Zone police have initiated steps to improve traffic in the western districts. As part of the measures, the police rounded up around 200 persons in the eight districts on charges of drunk driving. Inspector General of Police, West Zone, P. Sivanandi said 250 motorists were booked for over speeding and another 500 charged for driving without license. The police were also concentrating on reducing traffic congestion. They would prevent drivers from parking lorries on roads leading to Udhagamandalam and parked lorries would be removed. Drivers would also be educated on the issue.
To ensure smooth traffic flow to the hill station the police had formed three police teams. The first team would monitor traffic from Mettupalayam to Burliyar, the second from Burliyar to Connoor and the third fromn Connoor to Udhagamandalam.
This was in keeping with the increase in tourist flow. The police had estimated that around 40,000 tourists visited the hill station every day, the officer said.
On the Housur-Banganapalli stretch too the police had initiated steps to reduce congestion and reduce accidents. Mr. Sivanandi said lane system had been introduced. First lane would have slow-moving vehicles and the second would have fast-moving vehicles. The police were also talking to the National Highway Authority of India for the purpose.
Regarding crime rate, he said the police were keeping a watch on those with criminal antecedents. And the police have been instructed to book repeated offenders under Goondas Act.
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