The traffic police have hit upon a novel idea to teach jaywalkers a lesson.
From Wednesday, even after paying the fine jaywalkers will not be allowed to cross the road. They will have to use the subway instead.
Alarmed by the number of jaywalkers caught during the two-day drive in south Mumbai — 126 fined and hundreds left with a warning — the traffic police decided to adopt this strategy.
“The offenders would not be allowed to cross the road even after paying the fine. Instead, they would be made to use the subway,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sanjay Barve.
“It is shocking to see so many pedestrians ignorant of the traffic rules. Our aim is not to collect fine but educate them on road safety,” Barve added. “Paying the fine is very simple, but going round again where you have started from is difficult, especially if you are in a hurry. We want people to change their habits and this would act as a deterrent.”
The present drive in south Mumbai will continue till Saturday.
In addition to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus junction, the traffic police will conduct similar drives at Metro, Churchgate and Haji Ali junctions.