Enforcement of Traffic Rules in Delhi by the new Police Commissioner


      Delhi has a new Police Commissioner. New broom always sweeps better. We wish him all the best in his efforts to enforce rules in Delhi.

     Delhi  trafic police seems to be following the footsteps of Mumbai Police. They have commenced additional checks at night.

     We hope this not a passing phase. 

 ALL THOSE planning late night drives in south Delhi had better mind their road manners. For, potentially dangerous traffic offences like over speeding, lane cutting and signal jumping could just land them in jail.

     In an effort to provide an effective deterrent, the south district police have begun registering criminal cases for serious traffic violations that commuters, including those driving private vehicles, usually get away with by paying a nominal fine under the Central Motor Vehicles Act.

     ‘Serious’ violators are now being booked for rash driving under the Indian Penal Code’s (IPC) Section 279, which is a bailable offence. “The most common violation is of over speeding clubbed with signal jumping. Curbing such violations is our top priority,” said a police officer About two months ago, police commissioner Y.S. Dadwal had issued a similar direction that specifically pertained to commercial vehicles.


     Now, this new drive that was put in place last week as a model concept in south Delhi includes private vehicles within its ambit as well. Moreover, specific trouble areas have been identified and special pickets have been put up near the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Maa Anandmai Marg (Kalkaji) and Mathura Road, said a police officer “Statistics show these stretches record the highest number of fatalities and accidents during the night,” he added.

      In what is also a first, local police, traffic police and the reserve police force are now combining their resources to ensure road safety in the city primarily between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. The police say 40 vehicles have been impounded and more than 25 drivers arrested for dangerous driving last week.

      The drivers were later released on bail, said a police officer Anil Shukla, DCP (south), said, “The character of road traffic changes significantly at night. The purpose of joint drives is to identify the trouble areas and ensure commuters don’t put the lives of others in danger”.

     Dedicated teams of local police officers assist the traffic police during these drives. This drive has its secondary benefits too, the police say “In the process, we may also be able to curb incidents of car jacking” said a police officer.

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