After 8pm Mohali traffic cops off duty, speeding cars have free run

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2016 14:43 IST
The damaged vehicle at the PCL light point in SAS Nagar on Tuesday. The victim is yet to lodge a complaint. (Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

On deserted city roads at night, jumping red lights seems the easiest thing to do for motorists. However, Tuesday night’s accident — a BMW jumping the red signal and hitting a Honda Jazz, injuring a pregnant woman and her husband — at the PCL lights is a flashing warning sign for all.

In case you are wondering on the deserted roads, sources said traffic cops remain on duty till 8pm. After this, PCR vehicles are supposed to make rounds and check traffic violations. Shortage of manpower is the justification.

For a population of 1.5 lakh in SAS Nagar, there are 50 traffic policemen. A single cop for vehicles of 3,000 people.

Question SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar on this and he says, “We have a night policing system in place, where a DSP and a SP level officer are deputed at night. PCRs have been directed to carry out rounds.” Other factors that encourage break-neck speed at night is shortage of equipment like alcometers — only 2-3 available — and speedometers.

In 2015, Mohali witnessed 440 accidents in which 230 lives were lost.

“We have been checking violations. However, the lack of discipline among residents and scant respect for traffic rules is to be dealt with. Manpower shortage is a major constraint. We have sent a proposal for additional force,” adds Bhullar. “Signage on speed limits need to be put up by civic bodies. Till these are in place, residents cannot be challaned. There are no traffic blinkers. Installation of CCTVs is also pending.”

BMW crash: case yet to be registered

Meanwhile, a case is yet to be registered case in Tuesday night’s accident. The driver of the BMW, Jashandeep Singh, a resident of Bhutna village of Barnala, was rounded up. “The medical has confirmed that the accused was drunk. No case has been registered, as the victim is yet to lodge a complaint,” said Mataur SHO Mahesh Saini.

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