10,000 bik­ers fined for vi­o­lat­ing traf­fic norms

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

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.

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