Offenders plead ignorance of rules
That was the reaction of St Xavier’s College student, Silford Rodriguez (18) when he was hauled by a traffic policeman outside Metro Cinema in Dhobitalao. “When in a hurry, I cross the road. No time for subways,” he said non-chalantly, reports Karthik Balasubramanian.mumbai Updated: Oct 10, 2009 01:23 IST
“Oh these jokers…”
That was the reaction of St Xavier’s College student, Silford Rodriguez (18) when he was hauled by a traffic policeman outside Metro Cinema in Dhobitalao. “When in a hurry, I cross the road. No time for subways,” he said non-chalantly.
Rodriguez was one of those caught on Friday during an anti-jaywalking drive by the Mumbai Traffic Police.
Hindustan Times had, in association with the Mumbai Traffic Police, conducted such drives between September 7 and 11.
A month after it was launched, the traffic police have revived the campaign in a bid to test how effective it has been in its first phase.
Five people were penalised while 35 were let off with a warning. During last month’s five-day drive, an average of 43 people had been fined.
On Friday, most of those caught pleaded ignorance of jaywalking restrictions.
“Oh, so now they want to make rules for walking?” asked Parel resident Prasad Mohite (28), revealing his lividness and ignorance of anti-jay walking rules.
When told to use the subway, the travel agency staffer, trotted out an explanation.
“Why don’t they build them at all crowded junctions? At Elphinstone Road, there’s not one.”
Mohite was also irked at having to pay up Rs 100 as fine for “something as normal as crossing the road”.
The sentiment was reiterated by Parsi Dadina (51) a businessman. “Why catch us? This is common,” said Dadina who was let off with a stern warning.
Two girl students, who did not wish to be named, said they had run across the busy street to be in time for their exam.