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Engineering students invent traffic signal

Increasing number of fatal accidents especially on the NH segments, in and around Durgapur, has inspired the engineering students, of an AICTE- affiliated college, to devise means for arresting casualty figures with the help of technology. According to the police records, Durgapur witnesses 24 casualties due to road accidents every month on an average. The death figures have increased alarmingly following the conversion of NH-2 to high-speed-four-lane segment three years ago.
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Traffic is top priority: Ajai Singh

Police commissioner Ajai Kumar Singh reviewed the functioning of the traffic police department and the City Crime Branch (CCB) in separate meetings on Monday and warned them against harassing the public for bribes.

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Traffic Inspector given clean chit by DSP

UT Police Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) AS Jaggi today gave a clean chit to Inspector Pramod Kumar Vashisht. Vashisht is presently posted in the traffic wing of the UT Police.

A Sector 15-based garment designer had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Inspector Vashisht misbehaved with her on Tuesday morning at a traffic naka last week.
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55-yr-old hit by motorcycle, dies of head injuries

A Colony No. 5 resident, Pyare Lal, died in a road mishap this morning. He was 55 years old.

The incident occurred at around 9.30 a.m. when he was crossing the road dividing Sector 44 and Colony No. 5. A motorcyclist hit him, as a result of which Pyare Lal sustained severe head injuries and other injuries as well.

He was rushed to GMCH-32, where he died at around 4.30 p.m.

UT Police arrested the motorcycle rider, Hemant Kumar, and later released him on bail. Hemant is a resident of Sector 46 and works with Hutch.

A case under Sections 279/304-A of the Indian Penal Code was registered against him in police station-34. Meanwhile, UT Police have kept Pyare Lal’s body at the hospital for post-mortem examination, after which it would be handed over to his family.

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When a car ran amuck

Puneet Chadda, driving a Maruti 800 (DL 8CB 5323) from Sector 20 to Sector 21, crashes into the house of Dr Shashi Jindal in Sector 21.
The car first hit the footpath. It then hit Dr Jindal’s parked Zen car, crushing its front portion.
Then, as per an eyewitness, the car flipped many times in the air and crashed at the front gate of Dr Jindal’s house.
Puneet escaped with minor injuries. When asked what happened, he said, “I do not know. Everything just went blank before my eyes.”
Police have registered an FIR.

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Road accident: Traffic cops act swift, save two lives

Admn sleeps over proposal to make roundabout at city’s most accident prone site.
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1 year jail for running over a cop

A University student, Baljit has been awarded a punishment of 1 year in jail for running over his bike on a Chandigarh Traffic Police Head Constable.
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No power back-up leaves UT cops groping in the dark

The Chandigarh Police may have been accused of groping in the dark while investigating criminal cases, but they have their own reasons for doing so. Most dark and stormy nights these days, the cops are left looking for candles and torches, instead of criminals, thanks to a total lack of power back-up.

Three days back, when a storm hit the city at around midnight, six of the city police stations were left in total darkness. The beat patrolling staff and police station staff were told to put aside everything else and arrange for candles and torches.

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Vasco’s vicious circle continues to kill

The statistics speak for themselves and unless someone wakes up in the Vasco administration the statistics will keep on increasing. While road accidents are frequent and on the rise in Goa because of the lack of control by drivers and no police patrolling, there is one spot in Goa – near Dabolim Airport which has been witnessing an increasing number of fatalities during the last one year.
Yes, Dabolim Airport is the first impression of Goa for many who arrive daily in the hope of having a great holiday and some quality time here. The cross roads in front of the airport form one of the most important traffic junctions of Goa. Yet the glaring reality of the traffic confusion at this intersection, resulting in accidents on a daily basis has not stirred any administrative action so far. Many-a-lives have been lost, but no concrete plan to regulate the traffic on this junction, which also is a part of the ambitious four lane highway project, has emerged.
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Banned: drink drive pupil and her teacher

A driving instructor and his pupil made legal history yesterday when they both received a ban [USA: license suspension] after the student failed a breath test just days before her driving test.

Robert King, 42, who has two children, shared a bottle of vodka with Susan Beaton, his pupil, before embarking on a driving lesson in rural Stirlingshire.
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Traffic police await ASI nod for banning heavy vehicles

THE traffic police is ready to ban the entry of heavy vehicles through the Rumi Gate, one of the important heritage monuments of Lucknow, but the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is yet to give a green signal to the traffic authorities.

The traffic plan diverting the heavy traffic from the area around Rumi Gate was submitted to the ASI and the district administration last month.

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Western style excellent highways in India – a major catalyst for growth and prosperity

The International Road Federation today said it would work closely with all stakeholders including the government agencies to promote globally accepted good road development practice in India.

IRF would like to work with all those having stake in the road development to promote social and economic benefits that flow from the well-planned and environmentally transportation newtworks, IRF Director General Anthony Pearce told reporters.

It is a global platform that brings together public and private entities committed to road development under one roof, he added.
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What road sense?

The number of motorists flouting traffic rules is peaking here, making this among the worst cities for driving

Whether it’s concern for the rules, for others on the road or for their own safety, Bangalore’s road users don’t seem to care too much. Even if it means being booked for a traffic offence, they’ll pay up and be on their way. And it’s getting worse. Last year (2003-2004) saw around 11 lakh cases booked against Bangalore’s vehicle users, for flouting traffic rules, under the Karnataka Motor Vehicle Act and Karnataka Police Act. Going by the number of cases booked till April end (this year alone) — over 5.4 lakh cases — the traffic police department expects the number to cross 20 lakh by the year end.
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Moving to global emission norms

In an effort to bring Indian vehicle emission and safety norms in line with global, the union ministry of shipping, road transport and highways has proposed norms which come into force from October 1, 05. For the first time, it has also covered sectors like tractors and off highway vehicles.

The Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) has come to an agreement with the Indian Earthmoving, Construction Industry Association Ltd (IECIAL) for the introduction of safety features for off-highway vehicles.
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Give us a chance, say business firms

In a move that is certain to have a bearing on the traffic paradigm in the city, various financial institutions have come forward with a proposal to conserve and beautify city roads and footpaths on a permanent basis. The decision was announced at the Road Safety Meet held at the Collectorate on Monday.

Institutions which have come forward with the proposal include the State Bank of India, State Bank of Travancore, Union Bank of India, Chamber of Commerce, and various insurance firms. Different stretches of the road where each institution has to undertake conservation works will be identified by City Police Commissioner Dinendra Kashyap within three days.
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Bombay cops grant artistic licence on outposts

Traffic police in India’s dilapidated financial capital Bombay have found a novel way to spruce up their rundown concrete outposts: ask artists to give them free facelifts.

Modern art frescoes and mosaic tiles will adorn the outsides of some of the “chowkies” dotted around the city, replacing their traditional blue and yellow painted stripes.
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Cops kick rules in Mohali

Are policemen above the law? It seems so since Mohali police personnel violate traffic rules indiscriminately, be it riding on two-wheelers without helmets, talking on cellphones while driving, jumping red lights, driving their patrolling vehicles without wearing seat belts, to name a few. And to top it all is the fact that Mohali is currently observing Traffic Week.

Mohali traffic in-charge Avtar Singh said that more than 100 challans were issued today and one person with black film on his car windows was caught. He said that no police personnel had been challaned in these three days.

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Becoming road-worthy

MY NRI friend was returning from London, with a British colleague in tow. To make some polite talk, I asked the first-time visitor how his drive from Delhi to Chandigarh had been. “Wonderful,” he replied, “you see, I have been an atheist all my life, but during this journey I prayed all the way through and now qualify to be a believer”.

Yes, that is what our chaotic traffic can do to most of those who come face to face with it for the first time. It is sheer providence that so many travellers survive to tell the tale. Some of our most obstinate law-breakers seem to converge on the roads everyday. In the process, they also become car-breakers and life-breakers. The casualty figures are mounting and it is no longer sensible to leave the roads open to speed junkies and lawless brigands.
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Brakes go on in speed-cut plan

TASMANIA’S speed limits will be slashed statewide under a radical overhaul proposed by the State Government yesterday.

Country road speed limits will drop from 100km/h to 90km/h, highways from 110 to 100km/h and remaining 60km/h zones will become 50km/h zones.
If the plan comes into force, the Brooker Highway speed will cut to 70km/h and there will be 40km/h zones passing all education institutions.
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Drop your child, pay Rs 400 fine

Dropping off your child at school in your car or two-wheeler will cost you a fortune from July. You will have no option but to pay a fine of Rs 800 per day — Rs 400 for dropping your ward at the school and the same amount for picking up the child in your own vehicle!
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