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SRINAGAR — The Traffic Police Department of Kashmir issued a stern warning on Sunday, cautioning that obstructing ambulances could result in hefty fines or imprisonment for up to six months, as per a circular released by the department.

The circular, issued by the Traffic Police Department, emphasized the critical importance of ensuring unimpeded movement for ambulances during medical emergencies. Hospitals and healthcare facilities operating in the Kashmir Valley were advised to coordinate with the Traffic Police Control Room to facilitate the smooth passage of patients within the municipal limits of Srinagar.

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The drivers of medical emergency vehicles and their attendants must maintain close communication with the Traffic Control Unit through the provided helpline numbers to ensure an unobstructed journey to the hospital, stated the circular.

Additionally, all road users were urged to yield to ambulances, particularly those transporting patients to referral hospitals. The circular underscored that failure to provide a clear passage for medical emergency vehicles constitutes a violation under Section 194E of the Motor Vehicle Act. The penalty for such violations includes a fine of Rs 10,000 and the possibility of imprisonment for a term of up to six months.

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The announcement by the Traffic Police Department comes amid growing concerns over instances of ambulances being impeded by traffic congestion, thereby delaying crucial medical assistance to those in need.

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