43K mo­torists booked for traf­fic vi­o­la­tions since June

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Alarmed by the ris­ing num­ber of ac­ci­dents, the Navi Mum­bai traf­fic depart­ment has clamped down on er­rant mo­torists.

Over 43,000 mo­torists were booked for vi­o­lat­ing the norms across the city between June 1 and July 13, a se­nior of­fi­cer said.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources from the depart­ment, the po­lice pe­nalised as many as 31,126 peo­ple for flout­ing the traf­fic norms in June alone. In July, around 12,000 such cases have been reg­is­tered.

“We are con­duct­ing special drives at all parts of the city for the past few months. We aim to make the city roads safer by re­duc­ing the num­ber of ac­ci­dents,” said Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic).

“Dur­ing these drives, we mostly stop those not wear­ing seat­belts and hel­mets, wrong side driv­ing, drink driv­ing, mo­bile talk­ing at wheels and lane cut­ting,” said Salve.

Ac­cord­ing to Salve, drink driv­ing tops the norms flouted by mo­torists.

A to­tal of 609 such cases were reg­is­tered in June and the po­lice col­lected Rs7.25 lakh from the of­fend­ers.

Salve said, “Cars with tinted glass were hardly found on the road in the past few years. How­ever, the num­ber of such cars has gone up in the re­cent months.”

“There­fore, we have asked our of­fi­cials to go hard on such mo­torists,” he said.

Il­le­gal trans­porta­tion of the pas­sen­gers by pri­vate ve­hi­cles is an­other ma­jor is­sue. Sev­eral ve­hi­cles with­out procur­ing the re­quired the per­mits ferry pas­sen­gers.

“Nor­mally, such vi­o­la­tors get pas­sen­gers near rail­way sta­tions or other public places and of­fer to drop com­muters at far off places at a cheaper rate. Many pas­sen­gers also board their ve­hi­cles as they find them just out­side the sta­tions,” said an­other of­fi­cer from the city zone II.

“Most driv­ers flout the safety norms too. When a ve­hi­cle has the ca­pac­ity to carry up to eight pas­sen­gers, 15 to 20 peo­ple are fer­ried by them,” he added.

Sev­eral ac­ci­dents on the high­ways, es­pe­cially on Mum­baiPune Ex­press­way are caused by lane-cut­ting.

The po­lice booked around 1,553 mo­torists for cut­ting lanes and col­lected Rs1.65 lakh as fine.

Salve added, “Public aware­ness about road safety plays a ma­jor role when it comes to re­duc­ing road ac­ci­dents. We are con­duct­ing var­i­ous pro­grammes. We have also de­cided to con­duct classes on road safety in schools from this aca­demic year.”

“Un­for­tu­nately, ed­u­cated peo­ple also flout the norms and put their lives at risk. For ex­am­ple, de­spite hav­ing foot over­bridges, hun­dreds of peo­ple il­le­gally cross the Thane-Belapur Road ev­ery day. The po­lice depart­ment has lit­tle role to play in such cases,” he added.

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