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Police to counsel errant bikers

Rising number of mishap deaths in Hazaribagh district has spurred traffic police to launch a campaign to sensitise commuters about safe driving. Besides putting up banners with catchy slogans across the town, the department is also interacting with bikers who don’t wear helmets or engage in triple riding.

Traffic incharge R.S Mishra said they would not impose fines on errant bikers, but would try to explain them the benefits of following rules and regulations.

“For the past five days, we are stopping bikers to check vehicle documents and driving license. We are letting the errant riders go after a brief session on traffic rules and regulations. However, we are slapping fines on traffic violators on the Ranchi-Patna Highway (NH-33),” he added.

But, will merely talking to traffic violators yield results?

Mishra said: “Educating people is the best way to put a check on accidents. We will soon take steps to avoid congestion at Jhanda Chowk, situated at the heart of the town. Several billboards with catchy slogans will be put up at strategic locations to sensitise commuters.”

Sources said they would soon talk to civic representatives over steps to remove encroachment from major arteries.

“Besides holding separate meetings in all the 32 wards, we will also talk to municipal board chairman Anjali Kumari and ward commissioners on this issue,” a police officer said, adding that anti-encroachment exercises would help regulate traffic better.

Sources said that in 2014 alone, Hazaribagh district has seen 104 mishap deaths. Sadar Hospital records further revealed that numbers of accidental deaths in Hazaribagh town had also gone up. The scary figures indicate that everyday road mishaps claim a life in some corner of the district.