The speed limit on Palm Beach road is 80 km per hour however people often drive at over 120 km per hour The decision to construct rumble strips has been taken since the construction of flyovers on the stretch is likely to take at least three to four years and construction of speed breakers only leads to more accidents
quotWe have found that the accidents have mostly happened near junctions or at turning points Since vehicles are generally driven at high speed on Palm Beach road construction of speed breakers will only lead to more accidents We have therefore decided to construct rumble strips at junctions and turning points These strips will force speeding vehicles to slow down and reduce the number of accidentsquot said Vijay Patil deputy commissioner of Navi Mumbai Traffic policenbsp
The construction of rumble strips has started near Karave junction in Nerul The strips will be painted with thermoplastic paint and fitted with blinking lights to ensure that drivers can easily spot them from a distancenbsp
Transport experts have endorsed the decision to install rumble strips on Palm Beach road.
Sudhir Badami a transport expert said quotRumble strips certainly help to reduce the speed of vehicles They will lead to a decline in number of accident cases on the road Authorities should also install accident zone signboards near the stripsquot
In the past two months four accidents have occurred on the stretch On January 16 a 42yearold woman died in a hit and run accident Two days before that a fourmonthold was killed after a driver lost control of his speeding vehicle On December 25 a 19 yearold died after his bike collided headon with a car while four youth lost their lives after their car rammed into a tree on the road on December 11 2011.