The revenue collected from fines slapped on erring motorists by the city traffic police between September 2010 and May this year have reached Rs 3.18 crore, registering a remarkable increase from Rs 1.93 crore collected during first eight months of 2010.
A total of 1.86 lakh challans were issued for traffic rule violations in the past eight months, up from 93,492 offences caught between January and August 2010.
“For the past one year, the city traffic police have been doing their best to keep the commuters safe. Also we have been keeping close eyes on traffic offenders. With such a huge number of challans, people can understand that police are working hard to control traffic offences," said a senior traffic official.
“We have started a special drive from August 2010 to manage the city traffic and now this data shows the success of our work. A lot of work is yet to be done but our staff's commitment is evident by this statistics,” the official said.
As part of a massive crackdown against frequent offenders, the traffic police have sought cancellation of 188 driving licences after their holders were caught breaching traffic rules more than four times.
More than 400 people have succumbed to road accidents last year. The police department blames civic agencies for poor maintenance of roads, poor design and absence of safety measures like road crossings for those accidents.
In the first four months of this year, the city reported 113 accidents in which 125 people lost their lives while 136 people died in 128 mishaps during the same period last year.