SA POLICE have fallen $35 million short of a forecast $101 million in traffic fines as driver behaviour improves on the state’s roads.
The 2011-12 SA Police Annual Report shows police claimed $65.8 million in expiation revenue in the past financial year – its lowest annual fines income since 2006-07 – and about $10 million down on each of the previous four financial years.
The Big Boss up there is in a hurry to collect all the nice guys. He quickly summoned Dara Singh, Rajesh Khanna and Mrinal Gore (Mumbai’s paaniwaali bai) in one week. Then there was Bharat Ratna to-be Verghese Kurien, India’s milkman.
And now he’s snatched away both the gentlemen Yash Chopra and Jaspal Bhatti in one go. Such decent folk, their deaths were untimely and unexpected. Both of them were pioneers in their own fields, although Mr Chopra’s gentle silent shadow was longer, and his organisation Yash Raj Films was a symbol of Indian cinema’s remarkable globalisation.
Five schoolchildren and a villager were killed in a road accident in western China, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.
Six persons were injured in the accident that took place yesterday around 5.10 PM local time when a light truck carrying the victims careened off a mountain road and tumbled 200 metres down a slope in Wudu district of Longnan city, officials from the city government said.
ALLAHABAD: Death of 10 persons in separate road accidents within the short span of a fortnight has left traffic police authorities in a flurry. The accidents were reported from Dhoomanganj, Colonelganj, Daraganj, Nawabganj, Shankargarh and Karchana police circles and eight out of the 10 victims were aged between 15 and 35 years.
Rattled by increasing number of deaths in road accidents, traffic police authorities have put all 27 accident-prone areas, known as ‘black spots’, under the scanner and senior cops have issued directives to tighten the noose around those violating speed limit, the main cause of most crashes and accidental deaths.
KANPUR: Dilapidated and potholed roads in the city are not only responsible for major traffic jams, but are also causing several vehicular accidents every week.
Already reeling under a high rate of street crimes, residents of South Kanpur, Ramadevi and Jajmau are also turning victims of frequent accidents attributable to poor roads in these areas. In the past one month alone, nearly 40 minor and major accidents have occurred on the Ramadevi-Jajmau road which claimed six lives.
India’s roads are deadlier than ever. The high rates of death and disability expose the lack of an organised system of traffic management and safety. Road safety is no one’s responsibility. It is time to make someone accountable.
On the final day of this year’s ‘puja’ season in Chennai, a particular roadside temple near the iconic Central Railway Station had the long annual line of vehicles — vans, tempos, taxis, cars and two-wheelers — waiting for divinity to bestow blessings for safe passage over the coming year. The drivers lit camphor and ran the wheels of their flower-bedecked vehicles over lemons to propitiate the deity. To the believers, such worship is critical to ensure an accident-free year ahead. Similar temples abound in almost all parts of the country, along highways and mountain roads, in cities and towns.
In a landmark ruling that overturns conventional traffic engineering approaches, the Delhi High Court last week advanced the idea that transportation facilities are for moving people, not cars, and should favor all users, not just the minority fortunate enough to use private cars. In addition, it advocated introducing measures that move people out of cars and into public transportation.
WASHINGTON, October 25 2012 – The World Bank today approved additional financing of $61.7 million for the ongoing Himachal Pradesh State Roads Project to support the government of Himachal Pradesh, a mountain state richly endowed with natural resources, strengthen its road network.
The original $220 million Himachal Pradesh State Roads Project, which became effective on October 5, 2007, was aimed at reducing transport costs and improving traffic flows on priority segments of the Core Road Network of Himachal Pradesh. It is also widening and strengthening about 447 km of existing state highways to two lane roads, undertaking periodic maintenance of about 2000 km of Core Road Network, and strengthening institutions to help maintain the road network.
The program will provide insight in organizational and technical aspects of traffic safety. On top of that the course will help the participants to set up a system of sub courses on special issues in their home countries. At the end of the course participants are able to make a Traffic Safety Plan and to support the development of university programs.
BANGALORE: Now before you begin watching your favourite stars in a movie theatre, catch some one minute short documentaries on safe driving. Going a step ahead to create awareness on safe driving, traffic police have made 55-second documentaries by segregating video footages of various road accidents, taken with the help of CCTVs installed at traffic junctions across the city.
The clippings will be distributed across all movie theaters in the city from December. The documentary will be aired either at the beginning of the movie or after the interval.
Thane: Enhancing the compensation amount claimed by a widow, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here has held that claim can be entertained even if the proof for age or income of the victim is not available.
Tribunal Member and District Judge M H More on Thursday granted a compensation of Rs 2.02 lakh as against Rs 1.50 lakh claimed by a woman whose husband died in a road accident in 2002.
NEW DELHI: India has signed a preliminary agreement with Spain for enhancing cooperation in the area of road infrastructure development.
“The MoU is aimed at promoting efficient and environmentally sustainable transport systems and to institutionalise a technical and scientific cooperation in the fields of road infrastructure, construction, maintenance and management of roads,” an official statement said.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed during the Spanish King Juan Carlos’ visit here.
Bangalore, Oct 26 (ANI): A special Lokayukta court in Karnataka has ordered police to probe Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, former state chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Deve Gowda for their alleged role in the Mysore-Bangalore Express Highway scam. Developed by Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises Limited (NICE), a complaint was filed against the above three leaders after certain irregularities were uncovered over the issue of acquiring land belonging to farmers for the project. Social activist T.J. Abraham had filed the complaint in July this year, in which he specifically mentioned the roles played by Krishna, Yeddyurappa and Deve Gowda.
A safe-corridor road safety project, aiming at zero accidents, will be implemented on the 77-km stretch from Vettu Road, near Kazhakuttam, to Adoor in Pathanamthitta in the second phase of the Kerala State Transport Project (KSTP).
The Main Central Road stretch has been selected for the safety project as the number of road accidents has been mounting even after the development of about 100 km of its southern course to world standards in the first phase.
Besides bringing down the accident rate to zero, the project aims at creating awareness of safe practices among road users; quick evacuation of, and immediate medical aid for, those injured in accidents; first-aid training to shopkeepers and labourers who usually rush to the help of the injured; and enforcement of rules by the Motor Vehicles Department and the police.
NEW YORK STATE, the Empire State, possesses vast resources – natural, manmade and economic – that support its approximately 19.5 million residents. Among these assets is the state’s electric power system. However, while forecasts indicate that New York should have sufficient power supplies for the foreseeable future, the state is confronting a serious challenge: an aging electric infrastructure.
Most of the electric transmission lines in New York were built more than 50 years ago, and many need to be replaced in the next 10 to 20 years. Moreover, 67 percent of New York’s generating facilities are at least 30 years old. Excess generating capacity, including renewable energy, is available in upstate New York, with demand concentrated downstate in New York City and on Long Island. But congestion at key points on the transmission system prevents available energy from reaching the high-demand areas.
Snowflakes painted on a highway with a special paint illuminates when the temperature drops below freezing.
Road trips in the not-too-distant future will take on a psychedelic hue with glow-in-dark lane markers that eliminate the need for overhead lighting and dynamic paint that brightens when the temperature drops below freezing and icy conditions prevail.
The glow-in-the-dark roads are treated with a special “foto-luminising powder” that is charged up during the day and illuminates the contours of the road and lane markers at night for up to 10 hours, according to Dutch designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure.
Abu Dhabi’s Decade of Action on Road Safety is moving well ahead of its original targets an expert has said, with an 18% drop of fatal road accidents in the last three years resulting in economic savings in excess of Dhs330m.
Britta Lang, Principal Road Safety Scientist at the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) UAE, said that the UAE capital has taken a leading role in road safety in the Gulf region, with other countries also actively working on road casualty reduction programmes.
NEW DELHI: A recent sample survey by World Health Organization (WHO) in Hyderabad has sent worrying signals for road safety experts across the globe. According to the initial findings of the survey, only 18.5% two-wheeler users wear helmet in the city.
“The surveys done in two phases in a few months’ gap have shown little improvement in the situation. Our surveys have also shown how there is less awareness among drivers so far as the importance of wearing helmet is concerned,” said Dr Adnan Hyder, director of department of international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health while addressing road safety experts at Safety World Conference in Wellington (New Zealand).
NAIROBI, KENYA: The media and Safaricom have launched a three-year road safety campaign to address road carnage.
Accidents have already claimed 2,525 lives on the spot this year alone. Hundreds more are believed to have died at home, while being rushed to hospital or in hospitals.
Recently, JH-IIRU associated faculty published a paper on child road safety education (RSE) in Malaysia. The paper is an analysis of a road safety education program (RSE) that documents the opinions of local and national stakeholders regarding child pedestrian safety, as well as understanding and addressing the process of implementation of a national RSE program and identifying perceived and actual barriers to implementation.