Curb­ing in­dis­ci­pline or rais­ing rev­enue?

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - OPINION/EDUCATION - SK Khosla, Sec­tor 40,

It is not cor­rect to blame only those who do not wear hel­mets or safety belts but also the traf­fic po­lice, whose job is to main­tain law and or­der on roads. We see young­ster and even the po­lice­men roam­ing with­out hel­mets and the law-en­forc­ing agency is nowhere to be seen. There are two rea­sons be­hind this cul­pa­bil­ity of the traf­fic po­lice; firstly they adopt a solely puni­tive ap­proach rather than tak­ing pre­ven­tive mea­sures and se­condly a ma­jor­ity of po­lice force is cor­rupt. The po­lice depart­ment seems to fo­cus more on rais­ing rev­enue for the gov­ern­ment through chal­lans rather than curb­ing traf­fic in­dis­ci­pline. There is a greater need to change road designs and add big speed break­ers at sev­eral im­por­tant points. There should be a rig­or­ous test for is­su­ing driv­ing li­cence. Po­lice per­son­nel at the grass-root level should be fully trained and equipped to meet any ex­i­gency and weed out the cor­rupt el­e­ments in the po­lice depart­ment. Re­fresher cour­ses should be con­ducted from time to time for the po­lice per­son­nel.


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