saip wrote:Do we have highway police at all?
In the south Kerala Police have a dedicated team for Highway Patrolling. Last I checked they have got around 50 vehicles across the state. Tamil Nadu Police too have highway patrolling team. I have not seen such a move by Karnataka Police.
Now, the moot point becomes what does these Highway Police patrols actually do . As expected there are widespread stories that basically they only stop trucks and in some cases private vehicles and do the rudimentary check of registration and insurance papers. With this comes the standard stories of bribe taking or levying on the spot fines. None of these squads actually do any enforcement on speed, drunken driving etc. I dont think they have equipments for the same in every patrol vehicle.
In Tamil Nadu highways (esp. NH7 which I frequently use) I have seen Highway Patrol squads, but they generally dont bother about bullock carts, or two wheelers who move on the wrong side of the road. I dont know if there is some local political orders that such "local people" should not be charged, and highway police should focus more on out-of-state vehicles.
Singha wrote:in most NHAi highways I have not even seen blinking lights and dedicated long buffer U-turn lanes & u-turn merge lanes to make the U-turn process less of a crap shoot
I have seen blinking lights and some kind of extra area provided for U turn takers in the newly laid Express Highway between Hosur and Avanashi (near Coimbatore). On this stretch I have not got rude shocks of finding the vehicle ahead just breaking, in order to take a U turn.
Vasu wrote:Similarly, apart from the infrastructure front, inculcating road sense should be a national aim.
That movement needs to start at the basics, i.e at the driving school level. Defensive driving for many is an insult. Speeding and rash driving is supposed to be macho. Political class also does not have seem to have realised the need of good roads, because their actions have always been short sighted (building speed breakers on express highways is the best example).