Traf­fic of­fend­ers get sweet treat, not fined

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

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.

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