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Over 10 lakh violated traffic rules in first six months

Over Rs 100 core was collected as fines for violating traffic regulations from 2009 to 2012,but this does not seem to have deterred offenders,said traffic police

Over Rs 100 core was collected as fines for violating traffic regulations from 2009 to 2012,but this does not seem to have deterred offenders,said traffic police. According to available figures,the total number of traffic offenders was 15,17,783 in 2012,and 10,64,560 in just the first six months of 2013.

In 2013,police collected over Rs 11 crore as fines by June 30.

Last year,the Union Cabinet gave its nod to a three-fold hike in penalties for traffic violations. It also proposed a flat compensation of Rs 1 lakh for death and Rs 50,000 for grievous injuries sustained in hit-and-run mishaps. But as the amendments were made to Central Motor Vehicles Act,they have not been implemented in Mumbai as it can be only be done so after a notification in the official Gazette.

Currently,the fines collected for various offences range from Rs 100 to Rs 500. According to traffic police,over 95 lakh traffic violators were registered between 2009 to 2011. “The statistics show that more than 11,000 deaths a year are a result of flouting driving rules. Thus,we strengthened the drives to penalize offenders,” said a traffic police officer.

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The maximum number of violations have been for rash driving,jumping signals,tinted glasses,lane cutting,number plates,and not wearing helmets or seat belts. “We started concentrated drives for faulty number plates and tinted glasses last year,” said Vivek Phansalkar,joint commissioner of traffic police.

Senior officers said that although offences like honking and talking on mobile phones while driving have reduced,chronic problems such as rash driving and speeding are still on the rise. In 2009,the number of rash drivers penalised was 6,212. This number went up to 8,013 in 2011. Although the cases dipped in 2012 to 3,160,2,222 cases were recorded by June 30,2013.

The number of offenders penalised for improper number plates was 28,557 in 2009,which went up to 53,315 in 2011 and 30,464 by June 30,2013.

Traffic police say the lack of traffic sense among citizens can be gauged from these figures. “Only monetary penalties do not serve as a deterrent,” said Phansalkar.