Cops get strict with wrong parking, over 23,000 challaned so far
With the Chandigarh Police tightening noose around people who park their vehicles wrongly, more than 23,000 residents were challaned so far this year for wrong parking against around 12,000 challaned till December 18 last year.chandigarh Updated: Dec 23, 2013 11:44 IST
With the Chandigarh Police tightening noose around people who park their vehicles wrongly, more than 23,000 residents were challaned so far this year for wrong parking against around 12,000 challaned till December 18 last year.
Residents claim the police are indiscriminately challaning them without realising that there is a paucity of parking space.
College-going students too claim that there is no parking space left in the institutes, forcing them to park vehicles outside the college along the roadsides. Even traders and shopkeepers visiting the markets claim that there is hardly any space left to park vehicles. In Sector 17, it is so difficult to park vehicles due to the ongoing construction.
Shaina, a student of SD College in Sector 32, claims that the traffic police come and paste challan on vehicles parked outside the college, but do they (cops) realise that the students leave behind their vehicles only because there is no space inside the institute.
Jumping red light tops the chart
The police issued more than 43,000 challans to motorists for jumping red lights till December 18 this year, as compared to 23,000 in the corresponding period last year.
The number of challans issued for traffic violations has gone up, and thus the fine amount also went up from Rs 5.5 crore to Rs 8.9 crore.
The police this year focused on offences which largely went unnoticed till last year. The number of two-wheeler riders' challaned for not fastening the helmet straps was 24,912 as against just three last year. For driving on high-beam headlight, the number went up from 51 last year to 2,410 this year.
In all, challans were issued for different offences to 1.8 lakh people till December 18, last year. The number this time is 2.5 lakh. The number of offences in the corresponding period is 3.9 lakh this year as compared to 2.2 lakh last year.
The number of vehicles impounded also went up this year. Last year around 8,000 vehicles were impounded as against around 13,000 this year.
The police went soft on some offences such as lane change, zebra crossing, speeding and using of mobile phone while driving. The number of challans for lane change witnessed a decline from 921 last year to 374 this year. The number of motorists halting their car on zebra crossing too came down from around 23,000 to 13,000.
The police sources claim awareness about a certain offence leads to decline in its number. For instance, impounding of vehicles of drunk drivers has contributed to the decline. Last year, around 4,500 were penalised as against about 4,400 this year for drunk driving.
The trend of challans varies from year to year owing to the focus on certain offences. Concentration on certain offences depends on the outcome of analysis of accidents. For instance, if more motorists died in accidents or got injured due to not fastening helmet straps, then the focus is shifted towards that offence.
UT senior superintendent of police (traffic) Maneesh Chaudhry said, "The Chandigarh police keep focusing on different challaning drives for separate offences to create awareness. We have controlled drunk driving to a large extent, as impounding of vehicles has proved to be a deterrent.
For wrong parking the residents are being made aware. Before buying a car the residents should check about parking space at their residence also. We have asked the administration to provide parking spaces in Sectors 17, 22 and 34 and near Elante mall."
Even though the city witnessed decline in drunk driving challans, the number of women challaned for the offence has gone up. Last year two women were challaned for the offence, but this year 11 were penalised for mixing drinking with driving.
Offence Challans issued
Jan-Dec 18, 2012 Jan-Dec18, 2013
Without helmet 43,464 40,135
Drunk driving 4,571 4,481
Lane change 921 374
Zebra Crossing 23,211 13,344
Talking on mobile phone 6,066 5,912
Helmet unfastened 3 24,912
Jumping red light 23,614 43,640
Without seatbelt 11,415 16,969
Wrong side turn 13,995 25,068
Wrong number plate 1,820 6,171
High-beam headlight 51 2,410