Be careful, while driving. And if you are a habitual traffic offender, then be extra cautious, for your licence can be suspended if you are again found on the wrong side of the law.
Going by the statistics, licences of as many as 276 motorists have been suspended in the past five years. In all, there were at least 350 repeat offenders, the exact number is not available, but licences of only regular repeat offenders were suspended for three to six months.
Those who faced the music are not only from Chandigarh, but also from SAS Nagar and Panchkula.
The offences which top the chart among habitual offenders are speeding, using mobile phone, drunken driving and jumping redlight.
In 2013 around 40 violators' names were forwarded to the licensing authority for suspension. In 2011, the traffic police had sent 23 names while the number went up to 35 in 2012.
UT senior superintendent of police (SSP) traffic Maneesh Chaudhry said, "The Chandigarh Traffic Police periodically reviews its database of traffic offenders to detect cases of repeat or dangerous traffic offenders and recommends disqualification or revocation of their driving licences."
The provisions of Section 19 of the Motor Vehicles Act and Rule 21 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules empower the licensing authority to disqualify individuals in certain cases from holding the driving licence or to revoke such licence.
All repeat traffic offenders who fall on the borderline are initially placed on the watch list for future monitoring. The Chandigarh police after going through the data base and details of challans sends the recommendation for the suspension of driving licence to the registration and licensing authority (RLA).
Police said in the previous years, the focus was on drunk driving and speeding, which helped in controlling number of accidents. Following the drives, the Chandigarh Police claim that last year 19 less deaths were reported.
Last year in October, the driving licence of Bhupinder Singh, resident of SAS Nagar, was suspended for a month as he was challaned twice for drunk driving. He was also made to stand till the court's rising for the day and fined Rs 3,000. In October itself licence of Khush Nihal, a resident of Sector 35, was also suspended for drunk driving.
We strongly feel that anyone repeatedly violating the rules should be prosecuted to the full extent of law. The stringent measures are taken as these offenders can pose a risk to innocent motorists out on the roads.
Repeat offenders are advised to improve their driving by a written warning notice that is mailed at their address. Failure to pay heed to this warning invites a recommendation for suspension of the driving licence. Generally, a recommendation for suspension of driving licence is made only if five or more offences have been committed and at least one of the challans is of a recent date.
Maneesh Chaudhry UT SSP Traffic