Traffic Police are changing gears in the Capital and women will drive the change.
To check traffic violations by women motorists, it has decided to introduce a women chase-and-challan squad. At present, the city’s all-men squad chases violators on bikes.
Head constables, who can drive two-wheelers, will be trained and then put on the job to catch drunk drivers and speed demons.
“Initially, we plan to introduce a few women bikers for chase-and-challan. Subsequently, we’ll increase the strength of the squad,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
To avoid accusation of harassment, traffic policemen often overlook women speeding, jumping lights and driving drunk.
No personnel below the rank of a head constable can issue a challan. The city has only 10 posts of traffic women head constables,
of which three are vacant. There are 473 women in the ranks of the traffic police, which plan to ask for more women head constables.
“Introduction of the squad will significantly bring down accidents as women violators will not be spared,” said KK Kapila, chairman, International Road Federation, a non-profit working for better transport system and safer roads.