Po­lice put brakes on reck­less bik­ers at Vashi

Thurs­day’s drive de­tains 30 young bik­ers, some of whom did not have li­cences; cops sum­mon par­ents and ad­vise them

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: In an ef­fort to en­sure safety of the jog­gers and the lo­cal res­i­dents of the area, the traf­fic depart­ment has been con­duct­ing spe­cial drives to nab reck­less bik­ers near Vashi Mini Seashore for the past two days.

As many as 30 young bik­ers were held and fined on Thurs­day alone.

The po­lice later sum­moned their par­ents and handed over their bikes. How­ever, their li­cences will be can­celled soon, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

Sev­eral bik­ers from dif­fer­ent parts of the city come to this area for stunt rid­ing ev­ery evening. The lo­cal res­i­dents had long been com­plain­ing about the men­ace.

“We started the drive on Thurs­day af­ter­noon and within a few hours as many as 30 bik­ers were caught for reck­less rid­ing. None of them how­ever, were mi­nors. Some did not have li­cences,” said Sirish Pawar, po­lice in­spec­tor of Vashi traf­fic divi­sion.

“We later sum­moned their par­ents and ex­plained to them how their chil­dren were putting their as well as oth­ers’ lives at risk. Li­cences of all those bik- ers will be can­celled. We will con­tinue with this drive un­till the men­ace is curbed,” he added.

Res­i­dents have wel­comed this move.

“I come to mini seashore with my six-year-old daugh­ter ev­ery evening. We spend at least two hours roam­ing around in the area and go home around 8pm. But we are scared to walk on the road in front of For­tis hos­pi­tal be­cause of the speed­ing ve­hi­cles,” said Surekha Patil, 37, a res­i­dent of sec­tor 10.

The drive is a re­lief for vis­i­tors.

“It looks like the youths race bikes ev­ery evening. Be­cause of the bik­ers, I can’t leave my daugh­ter alone even for a sin­gle minute. Even though no ma­jor ac­ci­dent has taken place so far, the pos­si­bil­ity of the same can­not be ruled out. The traf­fic depart­ment has started a good ini­tia­tive by con­duct­ing the drive,” she said.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Traf­fic cops stop young­sters on bikes near Mini Seashore at Vashi and check their doc­u­ments.

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