Weeklong traffic campaign nets Rs 34 Lakh in fine

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Weeklong traffic campaign nets Rs 34 lakh in fine

MUMBAI: In a weeklong special drive from March 3 to 8, the Mumbai traffic police recorded 44,650 traffic violations and collected Rs 33.78 lakh in fines. The biggest menace continued to be unauthorized parking with 9,099 cases being lodged. Among other offences recorded were 5,639 cases of signal jumping, 5,313 of helmetless riding, 2,199 of overloading on vehicles, 2,028 of tinted glasses, 1,250 of stopping vehicles on a pedestrian crossing and 374 of drunk driving.

"With an increase in mishaps on the JJ flyover, we focused on stopping motorcyclists from using the bridge," said a official. Since 2010, two-wheelers have been banned on the flyover. Between February 25 and March 8, the Pydhonie traffic outpost recorded 1,274 cases and the Colaba traffic outpost 1,185 cases against bikers who used the JJ flyover and flouted the no-entry rule. Apart from this, 43 motorists were booked for speeding on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

There are three sharp turns on JJ flyover which are most accident-prone. The ban on two-wheelers was brought in since April 2010 after statistics revealed that of the 254 accidents between 2002 and 2010, 183 involved two-wheelers. Of the 33 people who were killed during this period, 31 were motorcyclists. "Eight signs have been put up on JJ Marg, DN Road and at both entry ramps of JJ flyover asking motorists to not put their lives at risk by riding on the JJ flyover," said an official.

In a previous drive conducted from February 24 to March 2, the police had booked 39,556 offenders and Rs 22.60 lakh in fines was collected. The latest drive has surpassed these figures.

The traffic department has given an NOC to the civic and infrastructure agencies for asphaltation of 243 city roads before monsoon.

Date of Article: 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Times of India