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Accidental conversations

Talking on the cell-phone while driving has lead to a rise in road accidents say authorities

Are you tempted to pick up your cell every time it gives you an sms alert even when you are on the road? Here’s news for you! Cell phones and other wireless devices contributed to the most automobile crashes, near-crashes and other incidents, according to a recently published world-wide report by the US government.
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Devangshu Datta: Vehicles with black box

Any internal combustion engine controlled by an electronic chip records large amounts of data. As chip-driven engines become common, automobile makers are creating smarter cars. For instance, there’s the “smart” seat-belt; the engine refuses to turn over until the driver is strapped in.
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A roundabout prone to mishaps

Is the UT Administration waiting for a tragedy to happen at the small roundabout of Sectors 46, 47, 48 and 49? Local residents and daily commuters say approximately 50 mishaps have taken place this year at the roundabout. However, the police figures put the number at only six. There is no denying the fact that a majority of the cases end up in a compromise.
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Four-laning of Jalandhar-Amritsar highway soon

The much awaited four-laning of the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway, which was obstructed due to legal tangles, is likely to be commence from mid of July.

Informing this in a press conference here today, Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP, said the work would include a total of four railway bridges, comprising construction of 600-m Beas overbridge, and widening of 100 small culverts. He said the Rs 250-crore project would be completed within two years and 80 per cent of acquisition of land had been finished.
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Stray cattle menace: No change, no solution

Tuesday’s accident claiming the life of young Manraj has once again brought into sharp focus the stray cattle menace in the township.

Sources say despite municipal council’s target for one month to tackle the menace, they are unable to meet the deadline. According to the rough data available, there are more than 100 stray cows.
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Hit-and-run leaves one dead

A resident died in a mishap late today evening. Pradeep, who worked with a private company, was going back home when the motorcycle he was on was hit by a truck on Madhya Marg in front of Pizza Hut.

According to the police, the incident took place at around 10.30 pm. The truck (HR-47-J-0719) knocked down Pradeep’s motorcycle from the rear. Eyewitnesses told police Pradeep hit the ground hard and the truck slowed down initially, but then sped away.

Despite wearing a helmet, Pradeep received severe head injuries and was declared brought dead at PGI.

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Delhi-Gurgaon highway zipping into 2006

If you thought the Noida toll bridge was awe-inspiring, the Delhi-Gurgaon highway is likely to take your breath away.

The 28-km-long expressway — linking Delhi to one of its major satellite townships in Haryana — is halfway through and is likely to be completed by June 2006.
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4-LANING OF HYDERABAD-VIJAYAWADA SECTION OF NH 9 UNDER NHDP III TO BE EXPEDITED

A delegation of MPs and MLAs from Andhra Pradesh, led by the Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Culture, Shri S. Jaipal Reddy today met the Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Thiru T. R. Baalu, here.
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CM KERALA CALLS ON THIRU T R BAALU

The Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Oommen Chandy today met the Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Thiru T. R. Baalu in connection with the progress of various port and national highway development projects being implemented in Kerala. He was accompanied by Shri K. C. Venugopal, Minister of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala and Dr. K. S. Manoj, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Alappuzha.
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Accident data drives into worldwide web

HOW safe were your city roads today? The answer is just a click away.

The UT Traffic Police have added a daily accident update link titled ‘Accident Data’ on its website (Chandigarhtrafficpolice.org), which has details about the number of road accidents that occurred on city roads in that day.

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Cops, motorists pass by dying couple

The callous attitude of the police and that of people caused the death of a couple who were in pain due to an accident near Jantipur village yesterday.

Arranging aid for the victims and their succumbing to their injuries on the way to hospital happened before Ms Laxmi Kanta Chawla, a senior BJP leader, who was heading for Pathankot from here.
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Speed freaks top traffic violations

In just four months, a whopping Rs 5 crore has landed in the kitty of the traffic police’s revenue department. All thanks to the city’s ‘fast and furious’ motorists.

According to records, 4,86,019 cases were booked against motorists, including BMTC and KSRTC. Two-wheeler riders top the chart with 1,18,450 cases. “Cases of traffic signal violations have increased immensely. In only four months, the city has recorded half of last year’s record – around 11 lakh. The situation is still alarming”, says deputy commissioner of police (traffic) M.A. Saleem.
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Panchkula traffic cops puff and pant to catch offenders

TRAFFIC violators are calling bluff of Panchkula policemen, who can do not much but blow a whistle or two and then look haplessly at offenders zipping away or run a distance in a desperate attempt to catch them.

Panchkula traffic policemen neither have the vehicle to go in hot pursuit of offenders nor the wireless sets to inform policemen posted at the following points.

A constable on duty said, “We cannot run a long way to issue a challan. We can only try to stop the offenders by blowing the whistle.”
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Punjab’s killer roads

Road accidents claim 2,500 lives every year in Punjab. In 1990, when militancy was at its peak, 2,467 persons fell to terrorist bullets. Despite the obvious conclusion that more people die in road accidents in a year than they did during the days of militancy, no serious effort has been made to make life safer on roads. Consider the government’s indifference: three persons daily get killed on a 12-km stretch between Tanda and Dasuya and the fact has been highlighted by a World Bank report. Yet the killer patch, which has the highest accident rate in Asia, has not been improved. Countrywide, some 80,000 people die on roads in a year compared to 4,000 such deaths in the US, where the number of vehicles is four times more.

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Time to rein in the reckless

The police’s renewed crackdown on rash driving means careless motorists can face arrest, a hefty fine or jail

They say the true character of a person shows when one is behind the wheel. And with rash and reckless driving almost second nature to many city motorists, the risks they pose to others and themselves on our roads is very real. Rash driving has already claimed numerous lives in the city and caused grievous injuries too. Just recently, an engineering student was arrested by the city police for rash driving as his recklessness had caused a death. Rash driving cases are booked everyday. Can this police crackdown put an end to the problem?
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On-board automotive computers could interact with traffic lights in the future

Though rush hour grows more intensive every year, the number of cars on the roads is still increasing and with emerging nations such as China and India on the brink of an automotive boom, research is developing intelligent systems to prevent traffic from grid locking completely in the future. A recent invention in the area of driver assistance systems is based on communication between vehicle and infrastructure (traffic lights). For example, in the future, speed recommendations could be transmitted to a vehicle as it approaches an intersection, enabling it to reach an optimum speed and make the best possible use of phased traffic light systems. Functions for monitoring the immediate vicinity of an intersection could also be particularly useful. Drivers can be warned of an increased accident risk in cases where it looks like another road user is likely to jump a red light because of excessive speed.
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Experts recommend national standards to improve trauma care

In an attempt to curb the high mortality rate due to injury and to ameliorate the status of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in India, trauma experts from WHO, national medical associations, medical institutions and various state governments, have submitted a roadmap to address the growing burden of injury in the country to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, last month.

Christened as ‘Report of First National Consultation on Trauma System Development in India’, prime features of the consultation report are creation of an apex body at the national level to deal with all the relevant issues of trauma care and standardisation of hospital-based care for the injured wherein hospitals providing trauma care are accredited for different level of care. The report also suggests measures for strengthening pre-hospital care, creation of a unified nation wide telephone number for EMS including critical illnesses and making trauma life support training mandatory to all involved in the care of the injured.
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Highway patrolling vehicles flagged off

PUNJAB Police Chief, DGP S.S. Virk today flagged off 19 highway patrolling vehicles specially designed to check violation of traffic rules on all highways of Punjab and also act as first-aid providers in case of an accident or an emergency.

These vehicles were flagged off from Shivalik Public School, Phase-VI, to their respective destinations. He was in Mohali today as chief guest of Seminar on Traffic Management and Road Safety organised by Traffic Police Punjab and an NGO Saath.

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Kerala roads claim an average eight lives a day

With an average eight lives being lost on Kerala roads every day, the state government has decided to set up a Road Safety Authority, mooted as part of the Kerala State Transport Project.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told media persons at the pos-Cabinet briefing here today that the government had approved a draft bill, which would be enacted in the forthcoming Assembly session.
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First Aid module

A module on how to give First Aid has been added to Chandigarh Traffic Police website. Please visit the First Aid section.

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