Over 2.8 lakh traffic challans this year; UT still undeterred

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 07, 2015 10:59 IST
Police set up checkpoints frequently to curb violations. (HT Photo)

The numbers of traffic challans issued this year till November 30 by the city police have touched the 2.8-lakh mark.

The data of the traffic police reveals that 2,82,191 challans have been issued in the city for various offences, including drunken driving, helmet-less riding, jumping red lights, using mobile while driving, overspeeding, taking wrong turns and driving without seat belts.

The challans resulted in a revenue generation of Rs 10,20,49,422 .

Of these, 37,605 challans were issued for not wearing helmets, 54,867 for jumping red lights, 28,096 for overspeeding and 3,447 were fined for drunken driving. The figures are expected to go higher till December 31 as drivers don’t appear to be intimidated by the whip the police crack.

According to information, around 354 accidents have occurred this year on the city roads till November 15 in which 103 persons lost their lives and 294 sustained injuries. Most of the mishaps took place due to rash driving.

The data also reveals that two-wheeler drivers are responsible for most of the traffic violations, be it rash driving, jumping red lights or riding sans helmet. Mostly, the people on two-wheelers are the victims of mishaps.

The police officials say 3,447 challans for drunk driving is quite worrying and it is not possible for the department to set up checkpoints everyday to curb such a menace.

While giving details to the HT, a traffic cop said that 20,401 drivers were fined for taking wrong turns. Such a habit results in frequent mishaps, he said. “As many as 1,072 drivers were found using pressure horns or driving at high-pitched music whereas 4,749 were caught using mobile while driving. The numbers of challans for dangerous driving, including rash and negligent driving, have been pegged at 1,104,”he said.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP, traffic) Muneesh Chaudhary said checkpoints are set up randomly to crack whip on those violating traffic rules.

“We hold special nakas to curb drunken driving under which it is mandatory for the cops to impound the offender’s vehicle, which can be released from the court next day,” said the SSP, adding that the traffic police carry out awareness campaigns to curb traffic violations.

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