After their successful campaign against drunk driving, the traffic police are looking to repeat the feat with their no honking campaign.
In four months of 2009, the number of drivers arrested for unnecessary honking and using musical and reverse horns has increased considerably compared to last year.
The 1,113 silent zones marked by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in March have added to the number.
The ‘No Honking’ campaign was started in April 2008. From April to December, a little over Rs 26 lakh was collected as fines. But in 2009, the amount is already over Rs 38 lakh.
The drive has become the second biggest initiative by the traffic police after the campaign against drunk driving.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sanjay Barve confirmed that they are pulling out all stops to ensure that the campaign is a success and since after the BMC marked silent zones about 60 per cent of the city is a no honking zone.
“Although the number of penalised drivers have increased, the psyche of the people has not changed. Even after the BMC put up the silent zone sign boards, the drivers have not stopped honking unnecessarily,” said Barve. “It will definitely take some time for the drivers of the city to improve.”
Under section 190 (2) of the Motor Vehicles Act, violators can be fined Rs 1,000 and have their driving licenses temporarily suspended if they do not pay the fine.