More speed control devices will be installed on the Yangon-Mandalay highway to reduce accidents, according to the highway police.
Although the department has already installed a few speed control devices on the highway, more such devices are needed, the police said.
Upon completion of the highway road upgradation project, 11 devices will be installed at dangerous locations. The upgradation of the asphalt road on the Yangon-Mandalay highway is being done at the rate of 20 miles per year.
The police have found excessive speed to be the major cause of accidents. Other causes include unsafe vehicles, dilapidated condition of the road surface and negligent driving.
“The highway traffic police are also providing awareness training about road safety measures on the Yangon-Mandalay highway to the public. Drivers must be aware that they should stay within the speed limit, said an official from the highway police. Currently, some 16 traffic police stations have been constructed on the Yangon-Mandalay highway. Motorists who drive faster than 100 kilometres per hour on the highway will face fines and possible prison sentences, according to the highway police.
Some 14,000 vehicles use the highway daily, and one to five accidents occur on a daily basis, according to statistics provided by the highway police.