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Apr 9, 2009

Fatel March claimed 41 Lives

xpressing concern at the highest number of fatal accidents in March 2009 that claimed 41 lives, City Police Commissioner K.C. Mahali has said only through cooperation of all departments and motorists accidents can be brought down.

Reviewing the implementation of the Micro Level Traffic Planning Study Programme and Golden Hour Trauma Care through networking of ambulances with the City Police control room recently, he said its implementation has resulted in the decline in accidents.

KG Hospitals chairman G. Bhaktavatchalam, Deputy Commissioners of Police (Law and Order) K. Shanmugavel, N. Kamini (Crime and Traffic), P. Nagarajan (Headquarters) and other officials took part.

Study of micro level traffic planning study had helped reduce the number of non-fatal accidents by 27 per cent. March proved to be unfortunate with city roads witnessing 41 deaths, including eight women. In the last three months alone, 27 lives were lost in two-wheeler accidents, 18 lives lost because of TNSTC buses, 20 lives on account of accidents by private buses, one because of car accident and 11 caused by trucks.

Stressing the role of enforcement of road rules, Mr. Mahali said that in March 2009, Rs. 32.01 lakh was realised as fine.Lauding the role of ambulances and hospitals, the Police Commissioner said their timely service had helped save the lives of many injured victims.

In the last three months, Maruthamalai Road remained accident-free, while Corporation roads claimed 32 lives, followed by 14 on Avanashi Road, 13 on Sathyamangalam Road, nine on Pollachi Road and eight on Tiruchi Road. Mr. Mahali presented shields to drivers of ambulances who reacted swiftly saving the lives of the injured.

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