With an aim to bring order to the city roads, the traffic police seized nearly 10,000 driving licences (DLs) of commuters for traffic offences on the seven important roads across the city in the last three months.
The police seized 5,900 licences of those driving on the wrong side of the road, 3,423 licences for jumping the red light at traffic signals and 500 licences of those who were caught using mobile phone while driving.
A total of 9,823 offenders were booked and their licences seized by the traffic police from July to August. The traffic police have sent the seized licences to the transport department for further action.
Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police (SP) for traffic, Gautam Budh Nagar, said that these violations took place in prime locations of the city.
“Mahamaya flyover is one of the worst locations where wrong-side driving is rampant. It is easy for commuters to cross the low-height divider and change the lane. We have deployed a team of constables there and the presence of police officers has had an impact. But we are short of staff and checking wrong side driving and other offences across the district is difficult for us,” Sigh said.
“There are five to six areas in the city where wrong side driving is rampant. Driving on the wrong side of the road is one of the biggest reasons for accidents. We are trying to improve the situation,” Singh said.
The stretches where the most number of traffic offences were witnessed were on the road from Sector 78 to Sector 71, from Fortis Hospital to Model Town (near NH-24), City Centre to Hoshiarpur village, near Atta Market and at Botanical Garden on the DSC Road. The traffic police has deployed constables at these locations.
The traffic police said there are many other roads where violations are taking place but they are concentrating on these locations as their focus is on maintaining uninterrupted traffic movement on important roads that are prone to jams during the rush hour.
The Supreme Court had taken note of accidents across the country and appointed a committee on road safety to monitor five serious offences mainly. These offences are jumping the red light, driving on the wrong side, use of mobile phone while driving, speeding and negligent driving.
“We have received more than 5,000 tweets from residents on wrong side driving and it is a big challenge for us. However, we can hope for an improvement only after the integrated traffic management system (ITMS) becomes a reality,” Dharmendra Singh Yadav, traffic inspector in Noida, said.