Shimla, renowned for its picturesque apple orchards, has witnessed a surge in activity with the onset of the apple season. However, with the increased movement of vehicles and people, road accidents have become a concern. To combat this issue, the police have devised a novel plan called “Apple On Wheels” to ensure road safety and prevent mishaps during the apple season. Highway patrolling teams have been formed for the first time to conduct regular patrols throughout the district, both during the day and at night.
Under the new initiative, any driver found operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substances, including synthetic drugs, will be issued a fine on the spot. Moreover, their driving licenses will be confiscated by the police. Each sub-division will be closely monitored by DSP-level officers to ensure effective implementation of this strategy.
The control room established by the police will maintain a comprehensive record of all vehicles passing through the region. This information will help identify any truck operators with a history of fraudulent activities, such as stealing apples and evading authorities. By keeping track of all vehicles, the police aim to mitigate incidents of apple theft during transit.
It is crucial to note that no permission will be granted for washing apples on the roads. During the apple season in 2022, a total of 130 accidents occurred, resulting in 70 fatalities. To curb such incidents this year, the police are determined to take special measures.
Actions will be taken against those driving under the influence of substances, overspeeding, and overloading vehicles. Police patrols will be deployed on national highways and state highways to enforce traffic laws and regulations. Sensitizing sensitive spots on the roads, black spots, will be marked with signboards by the police administration. Specialized machinery, such as JCBs, cranes, and hydraulic equipment, will be utilized to clear roads in case of blockages.
The authorities are leaving no stone unturned to make this year’s apple season safe and accident-free. The “Apple On Wheels” initiative is a step towards creating a secure environment for both locals and tourists who visit the region during this season.
Police officials have urged all drivers to adhere to traffic rules and drive responsibly. They emphasize the importance of not indulging in any form of intoxication while driving, as it not only endangers one’s life but also puts others at risk. Road safety awareness campaigns will be conducted to educate the public about the perils of reckless driving and the need to exercise caution during the apple season.
The deployment of highway patrolling teams is expected to serve as a deterrent to potential offenders. By maintaining a constant presence on the roads, the police hope to discourage rash driving and prevent accidents caused by negligence.
The authorities are confident that with a combination of strict enforcement and public awareness, the number of road accidents during the apple season can be significantly reduced. They encourage citizens to cooperate with the police and report any suspicious activities they witness on the roads.
As the apple season progresses, the success of the “Apple On Wheels” initiative will be closely monitored. The police are prepared to take further measures if necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone in Shimla.
In conclusion, the “Apple On Wheels” initiative aims to make the apple season in Shimla not just fruitful for apple growers but also safe for all road users. With robust patrolling, vigilant monitoring, and strict action against offenders, the police are determined to ensure a smooth and accident-free apple season.