N.R. Traffic Police collects Rs. 1.64 lakh fine
Mysuru/Mysore: The N.R. Traffic Police, who conducted a drive against traffic rule violators yesterday, have booked 1,000 cases and have collected a total fine of Rs.1,64,800 from them in just two hours.
Following several complaints about traffic rules being grossly violated by motorists in Mandi Mohalla and surrounding places, City Police Commissioner K.T. Balakrishna had issued instructions following which N.R. Traffic Inspector Diwakar Gowda and staff conducted a special drive.
The Inspector, who divided the Police staff into four teams conducted special drives from 11 am to 1 pm during which helmet-less riders (both rider and pillion), motorists driving without wearing seat belts, speaking on cell phone while driving/riding, triple riders and other traffic rule offenders were pulled up. A total of 1,000 cases were booked and fines were collected.
Traffic ACP Sandesh Kumar supervised the special drive in which more than 40 Police personnel including 10 Traffic ASIs and SIs took part.
47 drunken driving cases booked: On the same night, Traffic Police personnel of all Traffic Police Stations in city conducted a drive on drunken driving at the Ring Road and have booked 47 cases.
All the vehicles were seized and the Driving Licences of all the 47 offenders have been recommended for suspension. The offenders were counselled at the Counselling Hall at K.R. Traffic Police Station this morning and the vehicles were released after the offenders paid fines (totalling Rs. 5 lakh) at the Court.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sandesh Kumar supervised the special drive.
Congrats to Mysuru’s police for penalizing 1047 traffic violators on Jan 29 which includes 47 for drunker driving. On average every policeman has found one traffic violation every 4.8 minutes to collect a fine of Rs. 165. Hheavy penalty of Rs five lakh collected from 47 drunker drivers is fully justified since they could have caused fatalities to pedestrians besides themselves. However a small penalty of Rs 165 from not putting seat belts, triple passengers, not wearing helmets and disobeying other traffic laws looks too small. While the first three traffic violation mostly affect the passengers, violation of other traffic rules like running a red light, not following line discipline, speeding, etc is hazardous to others. I wish police had given statistics on such violations separately. There is a perception that police in concentrating on helmets, and seat belts violations and not one more serious ones affecting pedestrians and other vehicle rule abiding drivers. In fact there are most such violations and we need to equal importance to them also.
Let us hope that police will give more publicity regularly to highlight the menace of traffic violations and also giving names of those who violate repeatedly to name and shame. In fact they should give the names of the prominent residents to instill faith in the fairness of the police department. There is a perception that any one connected with political big wigs can get away with any kind of traffic violation. This may not be true. But that is what many believe.