Pune police traffic department to cancel licences of people caught speaking on phones while driving
The increase in the number of violations and accidents have pushed the police department to take this decision.Updated: May 07, 2018 15:15 IST
The Pune traffic branch has decided to get the driving licenses of those caught speaking on mobile phone while driving, cancelled .
This decision has been taken by the city traffic branch after the alarming figures which emerged during the ongoing road safety fortnight observed by the traffic police.
It has been observed that many residents caught violating the traffic norms were willing to pay the violation fee and speed off without remorse, which according to the police is not a healthy or acceptable trend.
The drive which was carried out from April 23 till May 6 revealed that maximum number of traffic violation were pertaining to those talking on mobile phones, driving without helmet and riding triple seat. In a fortnight, traffic police have caught 5075 people using mobile phones while driving. A total of 17532 cases of driving without wearing helmets were registered and a total of 3094 cases of driving without wearing seat belts were registered by the traffic department.
There has been an increase in the number of accidents in the city with the increasing number of traffic rules violations registered. The city has witnessed a 9.59 per cent increase in the number of accidents in 2017 as compared to the previous year.
Deputy commissioner of police (Traffic) Ashok Morale said that the situation was serious and alarming, given the increasing number of violations.
“The citizens are violating traffic rules with impunity and strict action like cancellation of licenses will be taken. Monetary penalty alone is not enough and hence violators’ licenses will be submitted before the RTO authorities seeking their cancellation,” said Morale.
Meanwhile, civil society organisations have welcomed the move and demanded harsher punishments and penalties for the offenders. Kondhwa-based civil society member and president of Association of City NGO s said that support from the society to the police department will bring in the desired results.
Activist Madhusoodan Kolekar said, “Laws have to be strictly adhered to. Traffic indiscipline is leading to rising number of accidents, incidents of road rage and violence. Police must go all out against the offenders “ he said. Recently Varun Desai, a 21-year-old resident of Shantiniketan Cooperative Housing Society at Bhau Patil road in Bopodi was mercilessly assaulted by four persons in a road rage incident. The driver of the car did not have a driving license. This incident has raised questions about enforcement of proper traffic rules.