Within mere four days, nearly 2,000 motorists had to pay for driving their vehicles on high beam during foggy days and nights.
Delhi Traffic Police had warned the motorists a few days ago that they would not spare people found driving with the headlights on high beam during foggy days and nights of winter.
"We have slapped fines of Rs 100 on 1,906 people between Thursday and Sunday of which maximum defaulters were the ones who drive their own vehicles. We have also prosecuted transport vehicles including heavy vehicles, light goods vehicles, buses, two-wheelers and autos," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
A total of 1,342 cars, 216 LGVs, 65 HTVs, 84 buses, 32 two-wheelers and 53 autos were among the ones that have been fined for the offense. The city has started witnessing fog since Thursday. The drive will continue till fog stays in the city, said a traffic police officer.
Delhi Police have initiated this special drive this time with an aim to bring down fatalities due to driving during foggy days and nights to zero.
The city had registered four fatalities last year and eight a year before for the same reason.
"High beams get reflected back in the fog and impair visibility that causes accidents during foggy winter days. People should turn on fog lights if visibility is reduced," Garg said.
To keep an eye on the motorists, help them and prosecute the violators, traffic police personnel would stay on roads till late in the night or if required throughout the night when thick fog will prevail.
Besides, an entire force of 610 chase and challan squad would be on the move during foggy nights and mornings to see if vehicles move properly.