Cops put brakes on unsafe driving on e-way
A total of 843 motorists have received notices at their home addresses in the past two weeks
The Kamothe police have booked a 26-yearold doctor of MGM hospital in Kamothe for allegedly molesting one of his colleagues during a party.
According to the police, Prem Kumar Mourya, who stayed in hostel of the hospital, was partying with his colleagues on the night of June 24. After a few hours, he got into a scuffle with some other doctors over a trivial issue. Soon, the scuffle turned violent and a big fight broke out between two groups.
“There were attacks and counter attacks between the groups. In the fit of rage, the accused abused a woman doctor and he also touched her inappropriately,” said SN Charaskar, police sub-inspector from Kamothe police station.
The police initially registered a case under section 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) .
“However, the woman doctor approached us and informed that she was manhandled by the accused on that night. Then we booked him under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code,” Charaskar said.
“The accused also sustained injuries in the fight and has been admitted to a hospital. We have not arrested him yet,” he added.
Panvel RTO has begun a special drive to check over speeding and lane cutting on the busy Mumbai-Pune expressway. It has deployed its vehicles equipped with video cameras to monitor the speed of other vehicles.
A total 843 motorists have received notices at their home addresses for such violations in the past two weeks.
The drive being conducted on a pilot basis on the e-way has come following the instructions of the transport minister, additional secretary, transport and the transport commissioner.
Giving details of the drive, deputy RTO Panvel, Anand Patil said, “We have deployed our checking jeep on the e-way. It is equipped with a video camera, which is fixed atop it. Our vehicle travels in the middle lane at a speed of 80 km per hour, which is the maximum speed allowed on the e-way.”
Explained Patil, “When any motor vehicle overtakes our vehicle, it becomes obvious that it is over speeding because it has to be at a speed greater than 80 km/h to go ahead of our vehicle.”
He added, “The registration number and other physical details of such vehicles are captured in the video camera of our vehicle.”
Patil said, “When there is lane cutting by any vehicle or heavy vehicles and buses are driven on the first lane, i.e. the fast one, they too are captured on video.”
The RTO said, “Based on the video footage we then send notices to the owners of these motor vehicles. If the vehicles are of Panvel RTO jurisdiction, we get their details and our personnel go to their houses and serve the notice.”
He added, “If the vehicles are of other regions say MH 12 i.e. Pune, then we get in touch with out counterparts in Pune and send them the challan. The RTO there, fills up the name and address and the notice is then served on the motorists.”
The order for the drive came on June 17 and the drive began on June 18. Since then, of the 943 notices served, 370 have been for lane cutting and 566 for over speeding. Seven cases have been settled by RTO which has earned Rs 7,500 in fine.
According to Patil, “Our objective is not to earn revenue but create awareness on the issue amongst the motorists. There have been a number of fatal accidents on the e-way and the primary reason is over speeding followed by lane indiscipline.”
The RTO said, “If the vehicles are driven at below 80 kmh, the driver will be more alert and will be able to take quick action in emergencies. The e-way is for smooth flow of traffic, but the accidents apart from loss of life also lead to traffic snarls.”