STP urges people to avoid overtaking; or face the music

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Staff Reporter
Shillong, Jan 18:
The Shillong Traffic Police (STP) has urged Shillongiites to immediately inform the police control room at telephone no 0364-2222277, in case of witnessing any traffic jam caused by breakdown of vehicle or accident along the National Highway (NH).
While stating this, Superintendent of Police (City), East Khasi Hills, M Kharkrang on Wednesday also appealed to commuters to resist from overtaking on NH – 40 and 44.
He informed that as per the analysis done of the recent traffic jams which stretched for hours, it was evident that the jams could have been cleared with a reasonable time by STP but due to overtaking by all types of vehicles the jam time was stretched for several hours.
“Overtaking results in clogging of vehicles at a particular point which takes hours to disentangle,” stated Kharkrang.
He mentioned that at an average 15000 – 17000 trucks are plying the city within 24 hours.
Highlighted on the importance of developing good traffic culture, he cited that there are other hill stations in the Country but they are not known for such massive jams. If the citizens have good traffic culture, it helps in averting any unnecessary traffic jam, he added.
Also, police along with a magistrate will carry out a drive on the stretch from Mawlai, Mawiong, and Barapani. There are 54 automobile workshops on this stretch of road, all of which do not have necessary parking space. During the drive, all such workshops not having enough parking space and instead using the main road to park vehicle for repair work will be compounded while the vehicles will be towed away, Kharkrang informed. 
As per information available from the East Khasi Hills District transport office, there were 88,369 vehicles registered in the district up till September 20, 2011.
Further, cautioning the rash drivers, he asserted that all such vehicles involved in overtaking will be issued summon slips instead of being levied fine. If such vehicle owner fails to report to respective police stations within the given time, their case will be forwarded to court.
Besides, replying on the issue to lack of manpower in the traffic department, he said there are about 150 police constables with the department while a proposal for need of another 230 traffic personnel has been made. Also, proposal has been sent for setting up three new traffic branches at Rynjah, Mawlai and Laban respectively.
In view of the absence of required manpower, he said the existing staff is working ‘overtime’.


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