City drivers getting younger, rasher
Not only are Delhi drivers getting angrier — and consequently becoming either perpetrators or victims of road rage — but an increasing number of drivers are also, it seems, getting younger than they ought to be. Lawlessnessdelhi Updated: Oct 29, 2011 03:02 IST
Not only are Delhi drivers getting angrier — and consequently becoming either perpetrators or victims of road rage — but an increasing number of drivers are also, it seems, getting younger than they ought to be.
The juvenile, who joined two of his adult acquaintances in assaulting a Mumbai-based head operations manager after a minor accident on Thursday, is among an increasing number of underage drivers in conflict with the law.
“This year seemed to have begun on a wrong note as far as cases of road rage are concerned. On January 1, four men were arrested for ramming their WagonR car into a constable because he stopped them for checking in east Delhi. Two more incidents were reported during the same week,” said a senior police officer.
Just 13 days later, a police officer manning a PCR vehicle was assaulted mercilessly when he intervened between two parties — two bikers and the occupants of a car, which they had brushed against.
Similarly, a 30-year-old technical supervisor at a government hospital was beaten to death after he intervened in a roadside scuffle between his friend and two employees of a local hotel in northeast Delhi ‘s Shahdara area on July 30.
The scuffle had emanated from an accidental brush with a bike that the two of the hotel’s staff were riding recklessly on Loni Road.
This is where the plot — even for a city judged the eighth worst to drive in, in terms of frustration levels as per a survey by global IT giant IBM — begins to thicken.
“The second half of the year witnessed the apprehension of two persons, one of whom was a juvenile, for stabbing a cyclist who had rammed into one of them accidentally on June 1,” said the officer.
“On July 10, a 19-year-old and his juvenile accomplice were taken into custody for robbing a cab driver and embarking on a high-speed chase in south Delhi,” the officer said, adding, “more and more of them seem to be taking the law into their hands. And the instances now go beyond just driving without a licence.”
The Delhi Traffic Police, by its own admission, detect at least 500 cases of minor driving every year. In fact, more than 87 underage drivers were identified, and dealt with in sync with the provisions of the law, during the 60 days between July 31 and September 30 this year.
“These cases make clear that parental and societal control needs to go up so that such cases of minors taking the law into their hands come down. Minor driving has consequences more so for the child, not just society at large,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).