With the number of drunken driving cases coming down due to awareness and stricter punishment by court, the Chandigarh Police are now focusing on offenders jumping red-light, said UT senior superintendent of police (SSP), traffic, Maneesh Chaudhry.
He said, “Accidents are being analysed and after getting detailed report all these drives are planned.”
In just four months this year, 25,039 motorists have been challaned for jumping red light as against just 10,961during the corresponding period last year. The police, however, issued more than 43,000 challans to motorists for jumping red lights last year, as compared to 23,000 in 2012. Moreover, the police last year focused on checking fastening of helmet by motorists.
Even the wrong side or turn driving is being noticed seriously by the police, with nothing less than 9,000 being issued challans in the first four months.
The police during its drives have been focusing on dif ferent offences every year so that the number of road accidents could e reduced. For driving with high-beam headlight, the number shot up from around 800 to 1,300. In 2012, it was just around 30 during the cor responding period.
The police continue to check two-wheeler riders who were not f astening the helmet. If last year 13,815 were challaned, this year 15,888 were checked for the of fence. Officials said the number of challans had increased as they laid emphasis on drunken driving, overspeeding and red-light jumping.
The SSP said the efforts were aimed at reducing the number of road accidents in the city, making the city roads safer.
He said efforts were put in for more effective enforcement of the traffic rules, the violation of which directly resulted in causing road accidents.
The police also claimed that as a result of their efforts, the total number of road accidents in the city decreased to 122 this year as compared to 143 in the same period last year.
Besides t his, t he drive of Chandigarh Traffic Police against speeding and drunken driving is also very regular and effective.
So far this year, 1,399 offenders have been challaned for drunken driving and 5,543 for speeding.