Fresh figures released by Mumbai traffic police show that their most recent drive is focused on bringing about discipline on roads, as they look out for rash motorists. The drive, which began in November 2014, nabbed 1,543 bike riders and motorists for rash driving, and another 2,251 in December.
Compared to this, the Mumbai traffic police had booked and penalised 4,945 rash drivers in the whole of 12 months in 2013. The data for 2014 stands at 8,693, with the last two months showing a peak, following the drive. The drive mostly aims to look for bikers who drive rashly on the wrong side of the road, and for four-wheeler motorists who enter ‘no entry’ routes.
In the ongoing drive, unlike in the past, the offender is arrested and the vehicle is seized. B K Upadhyay, JCP (Traffic), said the western and eastern suburbs of the city witnessed most cases of rash and negligent bikers.
In the communal incident that flared early this month across Lalbaugh and Central Mumbai, it was a biker’s rash driving which was essentially the trigger before the events took a communal turn.
In 2013 the police had collected a fine of Rs 5,66,000 for rash driving which rose to around Rs 15,79,500 in 2014. “We had made public announcements. However, motorists were still observed driving haphazardly. We posted personnel at accident-prone stops,” said Upadhyay.