The traffic police have launched another drive to make Mumbai’s roads safer. This time, it’s against vehicles without taillights.
In just four hours, between 7 pm and 11 pm on Monday, the police registered 763 cases against drivers of vehicles without taillights at the city’s five major entry/exit points. “Most of them were heavy vehicles. They are an absolute menace, especially on highways,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Administration) Hemant Karkare.
He said that badly-parked trucks without taillights were responsible for a significant number of accidents. “Smaller vehicles ram into these parked giants as visibility on highways is next to zero at night,” Karkare said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police S.S. Solunke, who monitored the drive, said that the maximum number of cases — 214 — were registered at the Trombay-Vashi check naka. Next came the check nakas at Anand Nagar in Mulund (208), Dahisar (176), Airoli (104) and Modella in Thane (61).
Solunke said the drivers were prosecuted under the Central Motor Vehicle Rule and fined Rs 100. “If the offence is repeated, the licence will be suspended,” Solunke added.
On June 20, the traffic police had launched a drive against drunken driving. Till last week, over 8,000 motorists had been prosecuted, with 1,704 serving jail time. The traffic department suspended 1,706 licences and collected over Rs 1.5 crore in fines. That drive was followed by one against rash driving, driving while talking on the mobile phone and not using seatbelts.