With 889 cases of rash driving registered so far, the Mumbai traffic police have decided to crack down on speeding bikers who indulge in stunts, posing a threat to their own lives and that of others.
According to officials , performing stunts and racing is commonly observed at Marine Drive, Worli, Bandra Reclamation and Kherwadi, and periodic checks are conducted in these areas.
In a six-hour drive conducted jointly by the city and traffic police on August 10, 5,008 bikers were fined. Of these, 105 were booked for driving dangerously and 118 for drink driving.
Cases were registered against 15 bikers for rash driving.
The traffic police conducted a similar drive on August 4, when 2,190 bikers were fined for various violations.
The Bandra police arrested two bikers and booked seven others for various offences under the Motor Vehicles Act on July 23.
“Between January and June this year, we have caught 889 drivers for rash driving. Nearly Rs1.07 lakh has been collected in fine,” said a senior traffic official, on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Earlier, the offenders were booked only under the Motor Vehicles Act, which led to a fine of Rs100.
However, with increasing cases of stunt biking, the local police and the traffic police are now registering cases under section 279 of the IPC for rash driving.
A person convicted for rash driving under the section can face imprisonment of up to six months, a fine extendable to Rs1,000 or both.
Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police, traffic, said, “It has been observed that bikers take to the roads after 2am, when the police nakabandis are cleared. We are conducting regular drives to curb it.”
On January 30, three youngsters were critically injured in an accident on the Bandra Reclamation.
The police said that two of the injured were performing stunts on bikes which led to the mishap.