FROM August 15 onwards, strict action will be taken against Mumbai Police personnel if they are found flouting traffic rules themselves.
In an order issued last week by Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar, the force has been asked to abide by traffic rules, The commissioner in his order has “instructed” them to wear helmet and seat-belt while driving. “If we (police personnel) have to implement the rules, then we should follow them first,” said Padsalgikar.
A senior police officer said there are more than 50 cases of people riding without helmet across the city reported on a daily basis. “We hold several drives against such riders who risk their safety by not wearing a helmet. But on social media, especially Twitter, people create this impression that when it comes to enforcing traffic rules, police don’t practise what they preach,” said the officer.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sunil Paraskar said the order was issued as a reminder to city police personnel. “We do make cases as there is a mandate and police officers found without helmets or without seat-belts cannot be excused,” he said.
The order, he added, was not issued following the flak received on Mumbai Police’s Twitter handle. “We cannot deal with leniency our own officers,” said Paraskar. Another senior police officer said officers had been given time until August 15 “to buy helmets”.