Curbing indiscipline or raising revenue?
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.