If you have the temptation of hitting the accelerator during late nights when police presence on city roads is thin, you could soon be in trouble. The coming year will see massive crackdown on the worst offenders on roads at night, police said.
The Delhi Traffic Police are all set to procure advanced interceptors that can detect speed even after dark.
“By early next week, we will float tenders for the procurement of 10 speed interceptors, which remain functional even after dark.
They will hopefully be in use by early next year,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Garg said curbing the menace of speeding by motorists — and the deaths caused by it — on city’s roads is the traffic police’s prime focus. The traffic police believe the interceptors will help to bring down road deaths significantly.
This year, the police stepped up its watch on motorists violating speed limits and prosecuted about 2.5 lakh motorists so far. With the help of existing 10 interceptors, 12,778 were caught for dangerous driving and 57,897 for speeding.
Last year, only 44,618 motorists were fined for driving above permissible speed.
Motorists caught for driving 20kmph above the limit are booked for dangerous driving.
“Our main focus is to restrict speed violation, which is the main reason behind fatal accidents, and significantly bring down the city’s road death count. In recent years, never have so many vehicles been prosecuted for speed violation. The new interceptors will help restrict speed violation during night hours when traffic police presence is thin and motorists tend to speed,” said Garg.
The speed limit for cars and two-wheelers in Delhi is 50kmph. However, it’s 70kmph on a few stretches — NH8, NH1, Barapullah Road, DND flyway and a part of NH10. On a few stretches of Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, NH24 and Pushta Road, the limit is 60kmph.
Some of the accident-prone stretches are NH8, NH24, Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, Mathura Road and GT Karnal Road.