Following the success of an intensive drive against traffic rules violations between May and June, the Mumbai traffic police have decided to conduct its ‘Operation Eagle’ every month. A massive drive was conducted for 20 days between May and June against two and four-wheelers.
Traffic police officers said that Operation Eagle was first conducted between May 25 and June 15 and more than 70,000 motorists and two-wheeler riders were nabbed and penalised. “Our main aim this year is to reduce the number of accidents and Operation Eagle was an attempt to accomplish that,” said BK Upadhyay, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic).
Traffic police officials said that they instructed all traffic divisions in the city to carry out the drive in their jurisdictions. However, the main areas of focus were the stretch between Bandstand in Bandra (west) and the Airport. On these stretches alone, there were six police officers and 30 personnel stationed at various points, who intercepted motorists for all kinds of violation, however minor.
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Upadhyay added that, all over Mumbai, at least 100 traffic police officers and 1000 men, who worked in two shifts, were involved in conducting the ‘Eagle Operation. The offense of riding without a helmet was the maximum, where 22,293 persons were nabbed and penalised. For the offense of no-entry 3,767 motorists were fined, and 7,591 for stopping ahead of the stop-line.
A total of 17,203 motorists were fined for signal jumping and another 192 for other traffic offences. The traffic police collected a fine of Rs 44.15 lakh during the 20-day drive, which was carried out from 7 am to 10 pm.
“I was shocked to see that over 98 percent of drivers at a signal junction halted across the stop line” Upadhyay said. He added, “After this drive, however, we have realised that the motorists need to be reminded over and over again to follow traffic rules until their mindset changes. For this we have decided to carry on Operation Eagle every month.”