Initiate Road Safety Drive in the Nilgiris #RoadSafetyinNilgiris

Initiate Road Safety Drive in the Nilgiris #RoadSafetyinNilgiris

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There is a tremendous increase in vehicular traffic on the Ooty-Coonoor Road in recent years. It is common to see long lines of vehicles at the slightest road block or jam, and this is when rash and irresponsible driving is practiced by many, particularly people driving up in cars from the plains, two-wheeler riders and those driving heavy vehicles,  including  government buses, transportation lorries, mini buses and tourist vans.

The following factors are to be considered:

1. Residential pockets along the highway: Though the Ooty-Coonoor road is a National Highway, it is in no position to accomodate highway-type speeds or standard vehicular capacity. The average distance between residential pockets, along this arterial road, is about 1.5 to 3 km. In between Coonoor and Aruvankadu, for  instance, the road stretch is dotted with houses on either side, making pedestrians and those wishing to cross the road highly vulnerable to road accidents that may be caused by speeding motorists.

2. Tourists unfamiliar with hilly-region driving: Being a tourist destination, the Nilgiris attracts several visitors from the neighbouring plains, from the Coimbatore, Calicut and Mysore regions, and many drivers will lack the familiarity with hilly terrain driving and must therefore be sensitised to the norms, like not overtaking at corners and going downhill only in low gear, etc.

3.   Increase in two-wheelers: The increase in the number of two-wheelers on the road has been nearly three-fold in just two years, as per scooter and motorbike dealerships' data. Rash driving among two-wheeler riders (without safety measures, like helmets) and, in many instances, three people on one two wheeler, is exacerbating the situation. It must be noted that between 2016-2017, Nilgiris district had 103 fatalities on account of road accidents. (Source: Tamilnadu Government State Transport Department http://www.tn.gov.in/sta/accident_analysis_140318.pdf)

4. Rainy and wet weather conditions: Particularly during the monsoon months, when misty conditions can hamper road visibility and wet road conditions can increase chances of skidding or collision, greater caution must be exercised by motorists.

5. Crossing zones of wild animals: Critical areas, along the highway, at Kallar (enroute Coimbatore) and at Mudumalai (on the Gudalur-Mysore road), have animal crossing areas, and utmost caution must be exercised while driving, notably, to keep speed limits within the prescribed limits. 

The solution is for the governmental agencies concerned, with the help of public-participation (NGOs, Service organisations and schools) to urgently undertake a road safety campaign, which must include informational leaflets, periodic road checks and effective road signs that will guide the average road user on road safety measures. The locals must also be encouraged to call emergency telephone numbers of the traffic police control rooms to alert the officials about those driving rashly and flouting road safety measures.

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