To reduce the number of pedestrian accidents on city roads, the Mumbai police and its traffic counterpart have organised several drives, be it to check drink driving or monitoring motorists that cross the zebra line.
The traffic police have been conducting the Don’t Kill the Zebra drive to check on motorists who halt their cars on or beyond the zebra crossing.
Last year, around 1,919 motorists who crossed the zebra crossing at signals were booked and made to pay a fine of Rs. 0.
“It is because of such motorists that pedestrians indulge in violations such as jaywalking. Since people do not follow these simple rules, we have to conduct this drive,” said Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police, traffic.
In 2012, the police also initiated a drive against underage drivers, starting at Jai Hind College and St Xavier’s College in south Mumbai last year. This came after an accident near Churchgate on July 18 where a 17-year-old student driving a Honda City knocked down and killed a 74-year-old man.
During the drive, the police booked six youngsters for underage riding of motorbikes, while 59 were booked for not wearing helmets.
Taking note of complaints against speeding bikers with modified vehicles, the local police initiated a three-day drive in south Mumbai.
At least 11 bikers were arrested and cases of rash and negligent driving were registered against six offenders. Also, a total of 101 bikers were fined under the Motor Vehicles Act.
However, the police’s work isn’t going unnoticed. Residents seem to be satisfied with their efforts to make roads safer.
Radhika Agarwal, a 17-year-old commerce student, said the stretch close to her house Goregaon (East) has become safer after the police crack down on drunk drivers.
“The road leading to east-west flyover close to my residence used to see a spate of accidents due to an unmanned turn. But after recurrent nakabandis along the stretch, the road has become safer,” she said.