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Speeding on sealink may attract 10 fold fine

mumbai Updated: Dec 11, 2009 01:25 IST
Megha Sood

You could end up paying ten times more than the current fine for speeding, especially on the Bandra-Worli sealink. The Traffic police are renewing their request to the state government to increase the fine from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000 after an accident claimed two lives on the sealink on Tuesday.

The traffic police have penalised over 600 drivers for crossing the speed limit since its inauguration on June 30. But after the accident, the traffic police have intensified the drives on both terminals to nab the speedsters.

“The sealink is a straight stretch without any traffic obstacles and the drivers tend to speed beyond the prescribed limit of 50-55km per hour,” said Sanjay Barve, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

On Tuesday morning, a 40-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy lost their lives.

K.M.M. Prassana, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) said the morning smog would have decreased the visibility of the driver but the primary cause of the accident was overspeeding. “We found that the fine of Rs 100 was not enough deterrent for speedsters,” added Barve.

If the state gives the nod, the minimum fine will go up from Rs 100 to Rs 500 and the maximum penalty will be increased from Rs 200 to Rs 1,000.