As many as 57 people were challaned for various traffic offenses in Chandigarh on the day of Diwali.
The figures are less compared to that of the previous year, when 301 people were challaned.
The challans were issued for 62 traffic violations. Nobody was challaned for drunken driving. Less than ten challans were issued for eight violations — dangerous U turn, driving without registration certificate (RC), taxi driving without wearing uniform, disobeying traffic signal of traffic personnel, triple riding on two-wheeler, smoking while driving, child not secured by safety belt and expired vehicle insurance.
DSP, Traffic Kewal Krishan said, “There are two reasons behind the decrease in the number of people challaned compared to 2018. Firstly, this time we focused on the traffic management instead of challan drive. Seniors officials instructed the traffic personnel on the ground to focus more on the controlling the traffic. Secondly, hundreds of traffic personnel were deployed for the swearing-in ceremony of Haryana Chief Minister to control the party workers around Raj Bhawan.”
Around 289 personnel were deputed for maintaining the traffic-related duties.
In 2018, 301 challans were issued for 362 traffic offenses on the Diwali day. Out of this, 54 vehicles were challaned for wrong parking.
The other violations included driving without helmet, triple driving, driving taxi without uniform, not wearing seat belt, no safety measures being adopted for child.
No challans were issued under drunken driving last year as well.
For all these violations, more than 10 challans were issued.