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How Pune police’s ‘immunity’ to traffic laws sets bad example for motorists

Among the 223 sections of the Motor Vehicle Act has provisions for levying a fine on traffic rule violators including the ones who ride without wearing a helmet. As pointed out by Ashok Morale, deputy commissioner of police, traffic, policemen caught riding without wearing a helmet can also be booked under the Motor Vehicle Act. 

pune Updated: Oct 04, 2017 15:54 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Police,Traffic
Police without helmets near Rajiv Gandhi Zoological park in Pune on September 7, 2017. (Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

The resistance among residents of Pune to the use of helmets has been a matter of discussion for the past few years. The number of deaths caused by two-wheeler accidents has failed to serve as a source of inspiration to the booming number of two-wheeler riders in the city.

Among the 223 sections of theMotor Vehicle Act has provisions for levying a fine on traffic rule violators including the ones who ride without wearing a helmet. As pointed out by Ashok Morale, deputy commissioner of police, traffic, policemen caught riding without wearing a helmet can also be booked under the Motor Vehicle Act.

“The person in-charge of traffic for the city is answerable for this. He cannot simply say that the police employees ‘can’ be booked. Traffic police should ensure that their employees must be booked under the law,” said Diwakar Raote, Maharashtra transport minister, while speaking to Hindustan Times.

“Our prerogative is to make the law. The responsibility of implementation lies with the police (traffic police in this case). Nobody should die on the road. Everybody’s life is important,” he added.

However, where does the onus of the initiative lie? When asked about it, traffic activist and Major General (retd) SCN Jatar said that parents of young riders are as much to be blamed as the law makers.“As far as obedience of law is concerned, citizens disobey every law. The politicians who make the laws, themselves break the law. I blame the parents as much the law makers and implementers. Education should start at home. If the elders do not wear helmets, how do they expect their children to wear one? I think it is a pity,” he said.

The poor public transport infrastructure in the city has led toa rise in the number of two-wheeler vehicles which has resulted in a corresponding rise in the number of two-wheeler accidents in the city.

First Published: Oct 03, 2017 17:23 IST