Not wear­ing hel­mets most com­mon traf­fic vi­o­la­tion: Cops

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Since Jan­uary this year, Navi Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice have caught 43,717 peo­ple for vi­o­lat­ing traf­fic norms and Rs44 lakh from them in fines. Not wear­ing hel­mets was the most com­mon vi­o­la­tion among th­ese.

It is manda­tory to wear a hel­met while rid­ing two-wheel­ers. While reg­u­lar aware­ness cam­paigns are con­ducted by the traf­fic po­lice on the dan­gers, ac­tion is also taken against those not wear­ing hel­mets.

On an av­er­age, around 125 two-wheeler riders are pe­nalised ev­ery day. “We have in­ten­si­fied our drive against those not wear­ing hel­mets. It is not a bur­den. It is a se­cu­rity shield and can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death,” said Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic).

“All bik­ers should wear it for their own safety and pre­vent ac­tion against them,” he said.

Last year, the traf­fic po­lice had taken ac­tion against 36,499 two wheeler driv­ers and col­lected Rs38.26 lakh fine. The Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate ju­ris­dic­tion in­cludes sev­eral high­ways and roads in­clud­ing Sion-Pan­vel high­way, Mum­baiPune ex­press­way, Goa high­way, Pan­vel-JNPT road, ThaneBe­la­pur and Palm Beach road.

Bar­ring JNPT area, all the main high­ways and roads are in good con­di­tion and mo­torists re­port­edly of­ten flout the pre­scribed speed limit, risk­ing their lives. This leads to ac­ci­dents, which had be­come com­mon in the city.

WHILE TRAF­FIC COPS CON­DUCT REG­U­LAR AWARE­NESS CAM­PAIGNS, AC­TION IS ALSO TAKEN AGAINST THOSE NOT WEAR­ING HEL­METS

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