Mangalore, Sep 7, 2014: Speaking after inaugurating ‘Prevention of crimes and traffic awareness-2014,’ a programme jointly organised by Lions Club International, NSS Unit of Sri Ramakrishna College and Mangalore City Police, at A B Shetty Hall here on September 6.Mangalore City Traffic Sub Division Assistant Commissioner of Police Udaya Nayak has said that M-TRAC II (Mangalore Traffic) a project has been sanctioned for the city. Under the project, traffic police will get Rs 5 crore per year for the next five years.
The Asst Commissioner went on to say, the project report for the current year has been sent and Rs 1.25 crores has been released. One facet of the project is to install 14 new signals at vantage points in City. Video rooms will be set up to nab traffic signal violators and monitor many traffic violations.
Mangalore city, has more than four lakh registered vehicles and the police traffic department is facing acute shortage of staff. Recruitment process has not even begun yet and the department lacks young police officers. So, the department wants co-operation from students and public to serve better with available resources. Technology can help to overcome a few problems of staff inadequacies, he stated.
Speed is a killer: The ACP reminded the students that speed thrills, but kills. This year alone, 37 accidents have occurred in the city limits, wherein 36 people have been killed in tragic circumstances. Among these, many are two wheeler accidents and 12 riders have been killed on the spot. As many as 11 victims were the only children of their parents. “So, don’t ride two-wheelers before 18-years of age. Carry original records, especially driving license and the drivers/riders should follow the mandatory signal board like ‘parking’, ‘one way’ etc. “Don’t be in a hurry and violate signals. No one should take traffic police for granted and get into serious trouble,” Nayak cautioned.
Lions Club International District Governor, Advocate H S Manjunatha Murthy said that driving license is for the driver, and for the safety of the public too. According to the Supreme Court, causes for accidents are speed, rash driving and negligence a combination. He called upon students not to fear police personnel, but suggested to join hands with them to provide security to public.
Students from colleges in and around the city participated in the programme.Sri Ramakrishna College Correspondent Krishna Prasad Rai, College Principal Dr Naveen Kumar Shetty K, Kadri Station Inspector Ravishankar, Chief Co-ordinator Harsha Kumar Kedige and others were present.
Students as traffic police: Assistant Commissioner of Police Udaya Nayak requested co-operation from student community to provide safe traffic in Mangalore. Meanwhile, he informed that interested students may get training and serve as traffic wardens for a certain time. They would not get any kind of honorarium, but department will provide uniforms to them. It would help students to experience traffic policing. It will be a help to the police department, he said.