Speed breakers can slow down bikers: Mumbai traffic cops

  • Farhan Shaikh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 24, 2014 22:27 IST

With bikers throwing caution to the wind and continuing to use the JJ flyover, the traffic authorities have asked the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to install speed breakers on the 2.4km stretch from Byculla to CST.

The traffic police have been trying to restrict bikers from using the flyover after the Bombay high court put a ban on two-wheelers on the “accident-prone” flyover in 2010.

Since November 1, the police have penalised over 90 bikers and arrested 17 others for rash and negligent driving (section 279 of IPC).

Following a new circular that allows policemen to arrest those riding in the wrong direction, the traffic police have arrested a total of 295 bikers till Sunday.

However, with bikers refusing to relent, the only solution the traffic authorities see is constructing speed breakers.

“We have requested the MSRDC and are waiting for their response. This will at least help us avoid fatalities,” said Dr B K Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police, traffic.

This year, JJ flyover has witnessed 10 accidents so far, which claimed the lives of six citizens and left five others injured this year.

Officials said it is not possible for police personnel to be present on the stretch throughout the day, and the bikers take advantage of this.

Previously, the police had installed banners on both ends of the flyover, warning bikers against using the route. However, it failed to have any positive effect.

“When our constables try to stop the bikes, they end up getting assaulted. It is unfortunate that people blatantly flout the rules despite several requests,” said Upadhyay.

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