10,000 bikers fined for violating traffic norms
Navi Mumbai traffic police has under a special drive taken action against around 10,000 two-wheeler riders, penalising them for various traffic norms violations.
In the 10-day drive conducted in zone I area from Airoli to Belapur, a fine of around Rs10 lakh has been collected by the police. A similar drive has been planned in zone II area from Kharghar to Panvel.
Following the state government orders, Navi Mumbai traffic police has come down hard on those not wearing helmets while riding two-wheelers. In the drive that concluded earlier this week, action was taken by the police against 10,209 people.
The police kept vigil on the main roads of the city, internal roads, Palm Beach Road and other prominent public places where several personnel had fanned out.
Deputy commissioner of police ( traffic) Arvind Salve said, “Our objective is not to earn revenue but to inculcate traffic discipline among the motorists.”
He added, “If we find that there are repeat offenders and the motorists do not wear helmet even after being penalised, we will get them to attend counselling sessions. “
Salvi added, “There is a lack of proper understanding and the graveness of the situation among motorists. Only if they know that there is a policeman present in the area, do they follow traffic norms.”
He added, “In several cases, the motorists had helmets with them, but were not wearing them. I fail to understand why they do not want to take basic safety precaution.”
Salvi said the police will continue with the drives.
According to sources from the traffic department, the police booked as many as 3,85,990 people under different sections of Motor Vehicles Act in 2015, against 3,47,835 cases booked in 2014.