GUNTUR: The near four-month-long lockdown imposed to contain Covid-19 seems to have saved many lives as fatal road accidents have drastically come down in the district.
Guntur is one of the deadliest areas for road mishaps in the country as it had been witnessing massive number of deaths in accidents every year.
With all roads ceased of activity chiefly during lockdown, the district reported lesser number of accidents and lower number of deaths in the last eight months-from January to August, 2020.
The district reported 477 deaths from January to August in 2020 as against 632 fatal incidents reported during the same period last year—a 25 per cent lower fatality rate.
During the current year, 1,085 accidents have been reported as against 1,545 the last year. “About 1,089 were injured in different accidents during the current year while nearly 1,597 people were injured in the first eight months of last year. Several measures by the taskforce comprising senior officials from different departments have helped bring down the accidents,” said Meera Prasad, deputy transport commissioner (DTC).
He said that transport and police departments have set up check posts on highways across the district during lockdown and restricted movement of vehicles by unlicensed and unauthorized commuters.
Contrary to the belief that wide and smooth national highways would ease traffic congestions and reduce mishaps, Guntur highways have turned into death traps at many junctions due to blind corners and unscientific road construction.
“We have identified four junctions prone to accidents and taken corrective measures,” said Prasad. Purushottampatnam junction, Vijaya Bank Centre, Narasaraopet bus stand area and Yadlapadu-Timmapuram junctions were identified as sensitive locations for accidents on National Highway (216) on Chennai stretch. The district road safety authority headed by district collector had recently given green signal to set up additional sign boards, signal lights and rumble sticks on the block spots on NH.

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