Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Drink-driving: Evening nakas lead to long queues

SSP: Ideally we need nakas 24x7. (Source: Express photos) SSP: Ideally we need nakas 24x7. (Source: Express photos)
Written by Japjeet Duggal | Chandigarh | Posted: July 2, 2014 3:57 am

Traffic police nakas to check drink-driving in the evening seem to have become a harassment, with people getting stuck in long queues of vehicles.

Hitendera Singh, a software engineer who stays in Sector 45 said, “At a time when people are returning home from markets and other recreational places, there are nakas in the city. However, when the actual hooliganism starts after midnight, there are no nakas to check over-speeding or drink-driving.”

When asked about it, Senior Superintendent of Police, (Traffic and Security), Maneesh Chaudhry said, “Since this factor has come to my notice now, we will make sure that the timings are changed and some late night nakas are also planned.”

At the same time, the SSP also said, “Ideally we need nakas 24×7, but for that our force is
insufficient.”

Though for a resident it is simple to guess the place where the nakas will be laid by looking for the barricades kept on the road side, SSP Chaudhry refused to divulge any information about the nakas laid in the last one month, stating that it will give an idea of the pattern of nakas to those who wish to bypass them.

The problem arises for two reasons. One, the police puts up barricades which slows down traffic. Two, instead of doing random checks, they check each driver with alco-meters. On a busy road, it means people getting stuck for as long as half-an-hour.

However, the SSP said that the police will not do anything about it. “We will not sacrifice the security of our policemen at the cost of someone’s time. The nakas will be as tight as possible,” he said, adding, “If a person is stuck at a naka in an emergency , that resident can raise an alarm and a nearby Police Control Room will escort the vehicle.”

Shweta Chhabra, a resident of Sector 20, said, “I think police should increase the number of alco-meters, instead of making us wait for so long.”

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