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