Cops to in­stall speed cam­eras soon

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO -

MUM­BAI: Con­sid­er­ing the fact that mo­tor­cy­clists con­tinue to slip past the cops and use JJ fly­over, the traf­fic po­lice has de­cided to de­ploy ad­di­tional force and speed-de­tect­ing cam­eras on the bridge known for its dan­ger­ous curves.

In the past few days, two men on mo­tor­cy­cles died while one is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, af­ter they met with ac­ci­dents on the fly­over. In March too, two men were killed in an ac­ci­dent on JJ fly­over.

The so­lu­tion ac­cord­ing to the traf­fic po­lice is de­ploy­ing ad­di­tional force to stop two-wheel­ers and in­stalling speed-de­tect­ing cam­eras. “There are CCTVS on the stretch and at the en­try and exit points. How­ever, we are try­ing to in­stall speed-de­tect­ing cam­eras which will help us pe­nalise speed­ing ve­hi­cles,” said Amitesh Ku­mar, joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic).

Built in 2001, the fly­over cuts across the con­gested south Mum­bai and con­nects By­culla to CST. Be­tween 2005 and 2010, more than 31 two-wheeler riders died on the stretch, prompt­ing the traf­fic po­lice to im­pose a ban on two-wheel­ers on the fly­over which has three black spots. How­ever, this has not de­terred bik­ers from not wear­ing hel­mets and speed­ing on the bridge which they use to avoid con­ges­tion along Mo­hammed Ali Road.

While the fly­over is manned by traf­fic po­lice in the day, the con­sta­bles’ shifts end at 9pm, mak­ing the route free for bik­ers and joyrides. Ob­serv­ing this, the traf­fic po­lice had in 2015 in­stalled two rub­ber speed­break­ers or ram­blers on the two ends of the fly­over.

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