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Vehicle-checking drive turns risky

CITY COMMUTERS are being scanned to find out if they are following traffic rules. But the entire exercise to check vehicles has turned out to be a great hazard for commuters. However, the cops are undeterred and the cases of traffic jams and accidents due to the vehicle-checking drive don?t worry them. The zeal with which the city cops are carrying out the drive is evident in most of the major city roads. A picket of two or three lathi-wielding constables and a senior police official can be spotted on the main roads forcing two-wheeler riders to stop.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2006 00:20 IST

CITY COMMUTERS are being scanned to find out if they are following traffic rules. But the entire exercise to check vehicles has turned out to be a great hazard for commuters. However, the cops are undeterred and the cases of traffic jams and accidents due to the vehicle-checking drive don’t worry them.

The zeal with which the city cops are carrying out the drive is evident in most of the major city roads. A picket of two or three lathi-wielding constables and a senior police official can be spotted on the main roads forcing two-wheeler riders to stop. The vehicle owners are required to get the vehicle’s pollution level checked, show registration papers and other documents before being let off.

Cars are also stopped to penalise drivers who do not use seat belts.

But the very sight of a policeman, who is armed with a lathi, unnerves commuters. On several occasions, two-wheeler riders have fallen off their vehicles as they suddenly applied brakes to come to a halt. In the way, several have received injuries.

Recently in P Road area, a motor-cycle rider received serious head injuries as his vehicle skidded off the road when he applied the brakes. Similarly, a scooter rider was hurt during the checking drive on GT Road. Commuters are often found having a heated exchange with cops.

RP Gupta, a retired government official, claimed that he had been a victim of the vehicle-checking drive. He alleged that cops behaved in a manner as if all two-wheeler riders were irresponsible citizens and flouted traffic rules. “They do not take any action against unscrupulous persons, who have illegally installed VIP sirens on their vehicles. Besides no action was ever taken against unauthorized users of VIP lights on private vehicles. Many hardcore criminals could be found using VIP lights to escape arrest or flee from one city to another,” he said.

He said it would be better if cops set up the camps at crossings and used a more decent method to stop riders who flouted traffic rules. This would help reduce risks of road accidents due to abrupt stopping of vehicles, he said.