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Traffic police launch massive drive, Rs 1.25 crore collected from traffic violators

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Jamshedpur, April 13 : In wake of incidents of crimes and road mishaps, the district police has launched a massive vehicle-checking drive in the city from today.

The traffic police along with the local police, carried on the drive during which about 120 two-wheel riders were prosecuted for not wearing helmets and triple-riding and also for driving without driving-license in the operation that continued for four hours.

The checking drive was carried out simultaneously at Jubilee Park, Jugsalai, Bistupur, Sonari, Kadma, Golmuri, Telco, Agrico and Mango.

The city traffic police had in the last fiscal 2016-2017 (till March 31, 2017) collected fines of Rs 1.25 crore from traffic violators.

City SP Prashant Anand, who led the drive said the rise in numbers of vehicles in the city have gone up tremendously, thus giving rise to the accidents. He pointed out that the road accidents take place primarily due to rash-driving, which they would try to check by every means.

“The Police department will work hard to ensure that every two-wheeler rider wears a helmet, as using the helmet always reduces the chances of the road mishaps getting fatal. We will do everything that may prevent them from meeting a fatal mishap,” said another police official.

Sources also informed that traffic policing during the beginning and end of No-entry time will be made severe as it has been seen that the most of the road mishaps are taking place during the period when the No-entry gets through.
The senior police officer revealed that the car-drivers using cell-phone while driving also at times cause road mishaps. He claimed that the next time they would start catching those car-drivers who use cell-phone while driving on the city roads.

DSP traffic Vivekananda Thakur said that the department has pamphlets on traffic awareness designed to educate people against the danger of not wearing helmets apart from increased penalty as per directive of the government. Due to manpower crisis we cannot continue awareness alongside checking drive and the idea is to take help of NGOs to educate people.

According to information, the traffic cops strength in the city has reduced to nearly 80. There are two traffic police stations—Bistupur and Sakchi and three traffic outposts Jugsalai, Mango and Golmuri in the city.

As per the government directive issued yesterday, there will be a statewide helmet checking drive from April 16 onwards and those violating traffic norms (provisions of Motor Vehicle Act) more than twice will have their driving license canceled.

The fines for first time offense for helmet less riders is Rs 100 while repeat offense amount is Rs 300 the amount is same for triple riding. For driving without license the fine is Rs 500 and for over speeding the fine for first offense is Rs 400 and repeat offense amount is Rs 1000.

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