Gurgaon traffic police identifies 8 accident-prone spots in the city
With an aim to curb the number of road accidents, the Gurgaon police has identified eight stretches in the city prone to speeding by commuters and also started a special drive to crack down on drivers violating the speed limit.
The stretches identified are Gurgaon-Faridabad Road, Sohna Road, two stretches on Golf Course Road (near DLF Phase 1 Rapid metro station and Sector 27-42 intersection) and four spots on NH-48 (Manesar crossing, ahead of Pachgaon Chowk, Pachgaon Chowk crossing and near Binola village crossing).
Some of these roads are either dotted with underpasses or are largely free of congestion, allowing the drivers to not adhere to speed limits.
The drive was started on Wednesday with police personnel, especially trained to target speeding vehicles, being deployed on these stretches. “There has already been a threefold rise in the number of challans (spot fines) issued to speed violators on these stretches. We have selected eight locations and plan to continue this drive every day,” said Sulochana Gajraj, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).
Instead of only 39 challans issued on Wednesday last week for speeding, 121 were issued on Wednesday this week. Similarly, 112 challans were issued on Thursday as compared to three challans issued on the same day last week.
According to the police, a driver caught speeding would be fined Rs 400 and his licence can be suspended for three months. “If a driver is found driving dangerously, he would have to pay an additional fine of Rs 1,000. Right now, we are conducting inspections only during the day as during rush hours, the volume of traffic is high and motorists cannot speed,” Gajraj added.
The eight areas where people generally speed were chosen after taking inputs from officers working at the ground level, said the DCP. Though the exact numbers weren’t shared, officials said these roads are ideal for fast movement of vehicles that have even led to fatal accidents in the past.
A man and a woman had died on August 21 after their motorcycle collided with a jersey barrier on the Golf Course Road around 1.30am. The victims might have been speeding, according to the police.
In another incident, a 28-year-old Delhi-based BPO executive was killed on July 19 after a speeding car hit him near Ambience Mall on NH-48.
According to the DCP, once commuters become aware of the drive, they will stick to the speed limit. “Earlier, we had fewer trained staff who could handle interceptor machines. So we had sent 15 police personnel earlier this month to an institute in Delhi and trained them to operate the machines,” Gajraj said.
On Friday evening, a police team near Sector 42-43 Metro Station on Golf Course Road fined 20 motorists for speeding between 2pm and 4pm.