‘Wrong side driving is a major problem in Cyberabad’ | Hyderabad News – Times of India


S M Vijay Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic), Cyberabad answers queries from TOI readers on drunk driving checks, steps being taken to curb accidents on the ORR and plans afoot to resolve parking woes of residents
Q. What corrective measures have been put in place to curb the number of accidents on ORR? Is the mindset of people (to race if it is a wide road), the biggest hurdle to cross here? — Anand Menon
A. Cyberabad traffic police are patrolling the ORR round the clock curbing dangerous parking, overspeeding, unnecessary stops, entry of pedestrians, bikes, autos, animals, etc. They are also attending to emergency needs of commuters. All overspeeding cases are being booked using ‘Speed Laser Guns.’ Yes. The mindset of our people to speed on empty and wide roads needs to be changed.
Q. I have realised that the drunk driving checks are very erratic in areas around Gachibowli. Police stop motorists randomly and often, the offenders go scot-free. What is the method? — Partik Saxena
A. It is a challenge for field police officers to weed out drunk drivers from among the continuous flow of traffic. Sometimes, real offenders may go scot-free while police are occupied with testing a person. But he/she may get caught at some other location. Also, an offender cannot keep escaping all the time. If he/she does, it is at his/her own risk.
Q. Can someone who has an issue with using the breath analyser in times of Covid-19 choose not to blow into the machine? Or will it be considered an offence? — Karthik Shanmugham
A. Drunken driving tests being conducted are all done strictly in ‘active mode’ i.e. using a straw directly. So, there is no need for people to worry.
Q. Since many clubs/pubs fall under your jurisdiction, why don’t you make it compulsory for these places to check alcohol levels among guests leaving their premises? Those above permissible levels can be asked to take drivers/cabs. Can this be done? — Krishank Sahay
A. Yes. We have issued notices to all such establishments accordingly. But only a few are implementing it and even that is being done half-heartedly. We are considering various other methods to ensure this is implemented.
Q. What steps are being taken to stop wrong side driving, which is quite common here. What is the punishment for this offence? — Anurag Kalra
A. Driving against the authorised flow of traffic (or wrong side driving) has been one of the major problems in Cyberabad. This is due to U-turns on the major roads that are being misused by a large chunk of commuters for shortcuts, while driving from the opposite direction. As it is an extremely dangerous act, the Cyberabad traffic police have been booking such persons through e-challan and spot challan for violation under Section 184 of the MV Act (Dangerous Driving). Also, the driving license of such drivers can also be seized and forwarded to the RTOs for disqualification as per Section 206(4) R/w 19 of the MV Act.
Q. Given that traffic along the IT corridor is back to what it was pre-Covid, what is the department doing to ensure we do not have to face huge queues at traffic signals? — Megha Srivastava
A. The new link roads, flyovers, Comprehensive Road Maintenance Programme being undertaken along major roads in the IT corridor – all of this will help in easing traffic to a great extent. But, still, there will be heavy traffic expected at major junctions such as Cyber Towers, Gachibowli, Khajaguda, IIIT, WIPRO, Miyapur, Alwyn, BHEL, as these junctions fall along the way to the IT corridor. Cyberabad traffic police will deploy sufficient workforce at these intersections during peak hours for effective traffic regulation.
Q. Many vehicles (four and two-wheelers) are parked very haphazardly in the bylanes/roads of colonies, obstructing vehicle movement and sometimes even leading to clashes. This is due to insufficient parking places and the careless attitude of people. Is there any plan to solve this problem? — Bhaskara Krishna
A. The GHMC has been considering an ambitious ‘Integrated Parking Management System’ citywide to address parking issues.
Q. Often we see not just common people but even police personnel across Cyberabad not wearing helmets, disobeying traffic rules and even covering their number plates. Is any action taken against them? Also, what is the punishment if a pillion rider is travelling helmet-less? — K Ajay
A. Traffic rules must be followed by all including traffic police personnel. We have been penalising police officers too for disobeying any traffic rule. Also, disciplinary proceedings are initiated against such people. A challan of Rs 100 is being imposed for pillion rider not wearing helmet.
Q. Can there be no designated tracks made available for cyclists, or those using electric scooters etc, so that maneuvering through traffic is easier for them? — Santosh Akkapeddi
A. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is trying to create designated cycle tracks in the city, wherever possible, in coordination with traffic police, to facilitate such an option.
Q. I am a resident of Huda colony, Mushk Mahal, Attapur and what to bring to your notice is the unruly behaviour of auto drivers here who often block the roads turning from Hyderguda to Nandimuslai Guda road to Kishan Bagh. Are you doing anything to make auto-rickshaw drivers more conscious of traffic norms? — O Shivakumar
A. The area comes under Rajendranagar traffic police station PS. Necessary instructions have been issued to the inspector concerned to take action on this issue. We have been dealing with this problem area-wise by organising regular sessions to educate auto drivers.

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