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Managing city traffic

The Delhi Traffic Police have decided to enforce lane driving once the Commonwealth Games are over.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2010 01:58 IST
Subhendu Ray

The Delhi Traffic Police have decided to enforce lane driving once the Commonwealth Games are over.

The drive will start in the New Delhi area. Following this, it will be launched in Central Delhi and then South Delhi, said Ajay Chadha, police commissioner (traffic), Delhi.

According to KK Kapila, Chairman, International Road Federation, “Lane discipline is a must to curb road accidents. Driving on specified lanes actually reduces traffic crawl on roads and at the same time lessens number of accidents.”

“There are many roads where there is a yellow line instead of a divider. People have a tendency to jump the yellow line. We will deploy traffic policemen on such stretches so that lane jumpers can be penalised. Besides, they will also prosecute vehicles that will not give precedence to the emergency vehicles,” said Chadha.

On September 9, traffic department conducted first of its kind one-day drive on the similar lines in a bid to educate the road users about giving precedence to the emergency vehicles and prosecuted 226 vehicles that violated these rules. The vehicles were challaned at R100 under the Motor Vehicles Act.

"According to the rules, people should give way to emergency vehicles and stop their vehicles for sometime on the left side of the road," said Satyendra Garg, Joint commissioner of police (traffic).