Helmet-less riders beware. The Mumbai traffic police will soon start swooping down on bikers and motorists violating traffic rules, especially those riding without helmets, as part of the latest edition of its Operation Eagle drive.
And this time, the police plan to be even more strict with offenders, giving you another reason to abide by the rules, if regard for the law and safety considerations weren’t enough of an incentive.
The drive comes in the aftermath of Monday night’s accident at Nariman Point, where a biker died while three pillion riders were injured after the two-wheeler all four of them were crammed on crashed into a BEST bus. None of them were wearing a helmet.
BK Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police, traffic, told HT on Tuesday, “In the latest phase of the drive, we will concentrate on bikers flouting rules and pedestrian safety. In July this year, we had taken action against more than 1.6 lakh motorists and collected more than Rs1.19 crore in fines.”
During the drive, the traffic police will emphasise on enforcing basic traffic rules. Bikers riding without helmets and those who drive on the wrong side of the road will be penalised. Additionally, this time, the traffic police will also focus on pedestrian safety and will start registering cases against motorists who fail to halt before zebra crossings. Cases of speeding and signal jumping will also be registered, police said.
Riding without helmets, jumping signals, ignoring the stop-line at road junctions and zebra crossings and driving on the wrong side on city roads were the four major traffic violations identified by HT as part of its joint campaign with ex-cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar to push for better discipline on city roads. Manjrekar and HT had submitted a letter on May 28 to the JCP (traffic), highlighting these violations.
South Mumbai , where Monday’s accident took place, will see added deployment during the drive, the traffic police said, as most roads there get deserted post-8pm, after office hours. This gives motorists an opportunity to speed, putting at risk their own lives and that of other motorists and pedestrians.
“We will have police deployment at specific roads between 8pm and 10pm, when the risk of accident is high. We have been working on public awareness campaigns to make people aware of road safety,” said Quaiser Khalid, additional commissioner of police, traffic.
The traffic cops will also crack the whip on policemen who break the rules. “Everyone is equal in the eyes of the law and we will penalise them [cops found breaking rules] apart from taking departmental action,” said Upadhyay.