Mumbai Traffic Police : Helmet checks

848 helmetless bikers fined  

Traffic Cops Collect Rs 85,000 During Special Drive Across Mumbai  

TIMES NEWS NETWORK  Mumbai: The traffic wing of the Mumbai police on Friday conducted a special drive against helmetless motorcyclists and booked 848 people for violating the law. The drive was conducted in the island city and the suburbs, officials said. Around Rs 85,000 was collected in fines. 

        “We have been conducting drives regularly since December to curb different traffic offences,’’ deputy commissioner of police S Solunkhe said. Apart from penalising bikers without helmets, the police also registered 59 cases of speeding, 857 cases of motorists jumping traffic signals, 44 cases of vehicles not having Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates, 34 cases of needless honking, 32 cases of parking vehicles in noparking zones and 93 cases of driving while talking on the cellphone.

        Three youngsters, including a female BPO executive, were killed after an unknown vehicle rammed into the bike they were riding on Western Express Highway at Kashimira on Wednesday. Officials said the sheer weight of two pillion riders, instead of one, could have caused the rider to lose his balance. The fact that none of them were wearing a helmet meant that their skulls did not have any protection, officials said, adding that it made death a certainty. 

   The Mumbai traffic police have been consistently lodging cases against two-wheeler riders carrying more than one pillion rider.

     “Around 2,200 cases were lodged, netting a revenue of over Rs 2 lakh for the traffic police, in 2007. Offenders were booked under Section 128 of the Motor Vehicles Act and were fined Rs 100,’’ senior inspector (prosecution) Dayanand Gavas said. Around 3.27 lakh cases of helmetless riding were also registered last year. 

         Police officials said two-wheelers carrying excess people were often seen in the Byculla, J J Marg and Dongri areas of south Mumbai. “Living in Mazgaon, I have seen many five-member families (a couple and their three children) on two-wheelers,’’ Dilnawaz Irani, a resident of the area, said.
   toireporter@timesgroup.com

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