Traffic offenders get sweet treat, not fined
NAVI MUMBAI: To the surprise of commuters, traffic offenders were treated to ‘til gud’ instead of being fined on the occasion of Makar Sankranti on Friday.
During a crackdown against traffic violators as part of the road safety campaign, Navi Mumbai traffic police wished offenders with sweets instead of slapping a fine.
Traffic personnel were posted at several locations in the city including Palm Beach Road, Vashi Highway, Arenja circle and Shivaji Chowk. Instead of giving them a ticket for traffic violation, traffic personnel surprised motorists by offering them til gud. The offender was then politely instructed to follow traffic rules.
“On Makar Sankranti, til gud is given to friends and family to wish them well. We wish the same to traffic offenders. We also wanted them to be ashamed of what they are doing. When one is not fined and instead rewarded for their wrong, it hurts more.” said deputy commissioner of police (traffic), Arvind Salve.
“Our objective is not collecting fines but ensuring safety of motorists as well as the pedestrians,” said Salve.
Biker Ravi Khanna too was stopped on Palm Beach Road for not wearing helmet and offered til gud. “It was embarrassing but the mode of creating awareness certainly had an impact,” he said.
A biker gets flowers for not wearing helmet.