While over-speeding of vehicles is said to be the single biggest contributor to fatal mishaps, especially at night, speed guns are failing to detect the accurate speed of vehicles due to poor night-vision features. Though the police and RTA officials have been using speed guns to identify over-speeding motorists in various towns and cities and some stretches in the state, a majority of these speed guns can function in day time only.
Over-speeding is blamed for over 70 percent of the total road accidents in Andhra Pradesh over the past few years. While road crashes have been classified according to the type of traffic violations, over-speeding has claimed more lives than all other violations, says a report (Road Accidents) compiled by the Ministry of Road Transport Highways.
As many as 7,984 persons were killed and 24,619 were injured in 21,992 road accidents in Andhra Pradesh in 2019. The number of victims (persons killed) in road accidents has increased to 7,984 in 2019 from 7,556 in 2018. Over-speeding was the reason for 15,383 road accidents and claimed 5,530 lives and caused injuries to over 16,840 people in the state in 2019. The majority of the speed guns deployed by police in various parts of the state are unfit for enforcement during the night.
In Andhra Pradesh, the maximum speed limit for a four-wheeler is 100 kmph, while for other heavy-vehicles and others it is 80 kmph. However, the speed limit is not fixed and it depends on the road to road. Speaking to Hello Vizag, ADCP (Traffic) Ch Adinarayana said that owing to low ambient light and high luminance from the headlamps of the vehicles, a majority of the existing speed guns have been unable to identify over-speeding vehicles during the night. The police department is planning to buy some latest technology speed guns with night vision capabilities for enforcement at select stretches, particularly on the NH stretches during night time to prevent accidents due to over-speeding, he said