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Violators frown upon police ‘mentoring’

india Updated: Jan 22, 2012 01:44 IST
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In its bid to streamline vehicular movement, the Gurgaon Traffic Department has found a unique way to educate violators on traffic norms. However, the same is not being taken well by the defaulters.

At present, it is mandatory for violators to watch a 30-minute movie on traffic regulations, besides paying Rs 50 at the time of disposal of challans at the Sector 51 office.

“I was fined Rs 600 for a traffic violation at the Sector 51 office. The officials asked me to watch a movie and only after I showed them the movie receipt, was I able to get a final clearance from the department. I didn’t want to spend R50 but I had no choice like many others,” said Kapil Kumar, a commuter fined for violating traffic norms.

“Though I did not want to watch the movie, I had to do so. I also had to shell out Rs 50, else I would not have got my driving licence back,” said another resident who had been challaned by the traffic police.

Meanwhile, traffic police said the purpose of making the movie mandatory is to educate commuters who violate traffic rules, and not generate revenue for the department.

However, the question arises whether the traffic police’s move is legal or not.

“Traffic violators have to learn traffic rules. The department is not doing anything wrong but educating people in a different and entertaining way,” said Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic), Gurgaon.

Earlier, the traffic police was mired in controversy as violators, irrespective of their religion, were administered the oath of Geeta and Quran, while assuring the police that they would follow regulations.