Have you ever wondered why speedsters in the city rarely get a speeding ticket? Blame it on the absence of functional speed guns, because of which the city traffic police can only be mute spectators.
“Of the 31 speed guns available with the Mumbai traffic police, only six are in working condition. The other 25 have been rendered non-functional because of technical issues. We are perpetually told that the guns have been sent for repairs,” said an officer from the Mumbai traffic police, requesting anonymity.
The Mumbai traffic police purchased 18 speed guns (speed gauging machines), each of which cost Rs1,48, 128. Two years later, eleven more speed guns were purchased, each costing Rs3,03,344. In 2006, the Mumbai traffic police purchased a laser speed gun worth Rs24,12, 360 and a radar speed gun worth Rs24,83,900. Officers blame the lack of speed guns for not being able to take action against speedsters.
Speeding, officials say, is one of the worst traffic issues in the city and with the number of cars increasing each day; it is becoming difficult to monitor offenders without adequate infrastructure.
“Each day, about 300 to 400 new vehicles are added to Mumbai’s roads. And each of these drivers is in a hurry and breaks traffic rules like lane-cutting, signal-jumping, rash driving, among others. If you have adequate infrastructure to control speeding, related offences like signal-jumping can be deterred,” said the officer.
As Mumbai traffic police per statistics, 3,53,983 offenders were caught last year for signal jumping, of which 1,16,800 persons were fined for lane-cutting and 10,766 booked for speeding.