Fine brakes on errant drivers

The East Singhbhum traffic police on Thursday revved up its vigil, slapping spot fines ' ranging from Rs 270 to Rs 500 ' on motorists flouting road norms at various strategic locations of the city.

The drive, which officials said was also carried out to keep a check on eve teasing on Valentine's Day, kicked off simultaneously around 9.30am at Jubilee Park (both the in and out gates), Mango Chowk, near Jugsalai police station, near Tata Pigments Gate, on Bistupur-Station Road and at Golmuri roundabout.

Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Rakesh Mohan Sinha said during the nearly two-hour long drive, nearly 200 people were fined.

While those not wearing helmets or guilty of riding triple were fined Rs 270 each, the owners of two-wheelers without proper driving licenses were asked to cough up Rs 500 each. Police officers involved with the drive claimed that all the fines realised were in accordance with the motor vehicles inspection rules.

"Those carrying a helmet with them but not wearing it were also fined. We deployed lady constables at some places like Bistupur to nab women drivers violating rules," Sinha said.

Sources in the traffic department said the drive was carried out on the direction of SSP Akhilesh Kumar Jha and around Rs 50,000 was collected as fines.

"Our aim was not to fill the government coffers. We just wanted to send out a message against rash driving. We do not want youngsters risking their lives on the road. We will step up vigil in the coming days," Sinha said.

He added that the aim was to bring about a visible change among youngsters and make them aware of traffic rules.

The traffic police officers have also been asked to exercise restrain and not unnecessarily fine bikers who have genuine reasons.

"I let go off a biker who was not wearing a helmet as he was on his way to the burning ghat in Sakchi for attending a funeral," a traffic policeman at Mango Chowk said.

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