43K motorists booked for traffic violations since June
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.