Hoarding, Tanker Cause Chennai Techie's Death
Road accidents are said to be on the wane in Tamil Nadu and the statistics last year showed that the relevant state authorities were taking steps to take more corrective measures. The amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act has imposed hefty fines for violation of road traffic rules which the State governments are against, stating the penalty is too severe.
However, there are other factors that are still to be addressed when it comes to road safety. The government themselves are guilty of certain violations by putting up huge hoardings and banners which are a threat to motorists and passers-by. The Madras High Court had banned the hoardings and posters in October 2017.
A 23 year-old software engineer was killed in Chennai as she was returning home from office. Subashree was riding her two-wheeler on the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road when an unauthorized life-size hoarding knocked her down. Within seconds, she was hit by a tanker, injuring her on her head. She was rushed to hospital where she was declared dead. Witnesses said she was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
The hoarding was put up on the median by a local leader of the ruling AIADMK, C.Jeyagopal for a family wedding which was attended by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E.Palanisamy and his deputy, O.Paneerselvam. Joint Commissioner of Police, Chennai South Region, C.Maheshwari said that the hoardings were unauthorized and that action would be taken against the guilty.The driver of the truck has been arrested.
The Opposition DMK and other parties slammed the AIADMK accusing them of apathy, irresponsibility and the incompetence of the police that had taken away Subashree's life.