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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­ G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

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.”

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