As Ludhiana ranks third in deaths caused due to road accidents in India, the traffic wing has prepared itself to tackle the situation and curb such deaths.
The department have initiated ‘zero-tolerance policy’ towards the offenders of traffic violations on the Supreme Court’s directions on road safety, this week. Following the orders, a list of 41 offenders, who were found drunk while driving, was sent for cancellation of their licences. There will be no respite from penalty, cancellation of licences and even imprisonment depending upon the traffic violations. In six offences, the traffic police will seize the driving licences of the offenders on the spot and suspend them for at least three months.
These offences, include speeding, jumping red light, which will also have a penalty of Rs 300 for the first time and Rs 600 subsequently. In cases of drunken driving, there will be a court challan and the magistrate may impose fine of up to Rs 2,000 and jail up to six months for first offence and Rs 3,000 fine, imprisonment up to two years for subsequent violations.
Lately, use of mobile phones has also become a nuisance and a major cause behind fatal accidents. So as to put an end to the menace, a fine of Rs 1,000 will be imposed on the offender for the first time and Rs 2,000 subsequently.
Those driving without helmet or without seat belt will be fined Rs 300 for the first time and Rs 600 subsequently. They will also have to undergo counselling for two hours.
A college student, Ramanjot, said, “Counselling is a good idea as it is young drivers, who indulge in two above mentioned violations and they will be benefitted by counselling as compared to fine.”
Dr Kamaljit Soi, member of National Road Safety Council, said, “There is total lawlessness on the city roads, which is claiming many lives and traffic police is patting it’s back even when they are not making enough efforts. There is a need to scientifically manage the traffic to prevent the chaotic situation usually seen on roads. Also, the death toll due to road crashes this year is all time high, which needs to be looked upon seriously.”
Additional commissioner of police (ACP) (traffic) Richa Agnihotri said, “The department will strictly implement SC directions on road safety. We appeal to the city residents to comply with the traffic rules so as to make city roads safe for drivers and commuters.”