By Rohit Alok
Nearly 60 per cent of overspeeding cases registered in the city till August 31 this year have been reported from the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, traffic police data shows.
According to the data, 1,120 drivers have been fined for crossing the speed limit on the iconic bridge this year while the figure for the entire the city is 1,871.
“We give a leeway of about 10-15 kmph. But in many cases, vehicles drove at 100 kmph, which is twice the speed limit of 50 kmph,” said Dr B K Upadhayay, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Upadhayay said overspeeding was more on the south-bound carriageway of the sea link after commuters pay the toll.
The joint commissioner said there was no way to ascertain if a driver was a repeat offender. “Since there is no digitization of challans issued by the police officers on the spot, we cannot track the history of a driver. Offenders like these should be put off the road but there is no provision for that,” he said, adding that the digitisation plan had been pending with the state cabinet for the last two years.
The traffic police in Bandra and Worli, which have jurisdiction over the bridge, set up a bandobast there at least once a week.