A special drive was conducted from 11pm to 5am to catch stunt bikers who generally hit the road after 2am
The Mumbai traffic police was all ears for the familiar screeching sounds of reckless motorcycling during a special six-hour drive conducted from 11pm on Saturday to 5am on Sunday.
A total of 5,008 bikers were fined for a range of offences.
Of these, 105 bikers were booked for driving dangerously and 118 for drunken driving. Cases were registered against 15 bikers for rash driving.
“It has been observed that bikers hit the roads post 2am, after the police nakabandis are removed. This prolonged drive was conducted as bikers, with their racing and stunts, pose a threat to the lives of others and to their own,” said Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
Singh said that the drive started at 11 pm on Saturday in various parts of the city and ended at 5am on Sunday morning.
A total of Rs36,3600 was collected as fine.
“105 bikers were fined under section 184 of the Motor Vehicles Act for driving dangerously, 15 were booked under IPC section 279 for rash driving and 118 for drunken driving while 1,183 others were booked for other offences such as not wearing protective headgears, riding without license, vehicles registration papers, among other offences,” said Singh.
Singh added that a special drive was also conducted on Sunday afternoon and 1,421 cases were made out against bikers for various offences.
A traffic official said that the police had put up checks at over 26 different places of which six points were prominently monitored which included Marine Drive, Bandra Reclamation, Worli Reclamation, Western Express Highway, Carter Road in Bandra, Back Road at Oshiwara.
Officials said that a substantial number of cases were registered at Bandra Reclamation, Mahim and Chembur where bikers were found to be indulging in rash driving, adding that the drive will be conducted every weekend.
A similar three-hour special drive was conducted by the traffic police last weekend when 2,190 bikers were fined.
Of these, 138 bikers were driving drunk.