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Govindas break traffic rules, 95% refuse to pay fine

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 5:35am IST | Agency: dna

While on one hand Govinda pathaks minted money by winning prize amounts for Dahi Handi on Monday, the traffic department, on the other, is expecting to collect over Rs 1 lakh as fine from 1,492 traffic violation cases across the city.

The traffic police said that nearly 95 per cent of the violations were committed by Govinda pathaks and at least 90 per cent of them did not pay the fine amount. Therefore, the traffic police have decided to take them to the court.

Most violations in suburbs
According to joint commissioner of police, traffic, BK Upadhyay, most traffic rule violations were witnessed in western and eastern suburbs. The traffic department had conducted nakabandi at 50 places across the city and had formed special squads to monitor traffic violators. Around 1,600 traffic cops were put on Govinda duty.

Be polite, traffic police told
"The Govinda pathaks probably were too excited about the event and took traffic violation casually. Since it was an event associated with a festival, we had given a clear briefing to the traffic force not to indulge in any argument with Govinda pathaks if they are not willing to pay fine and argue with the police. The traffic cops were given a clear mandate of not to create a scene in public and take polite action," Upadhyay told dna. He added that the traffic police followed these instructions.

Cops to move court
"In some cases, we confiscated the licenses from violators, while in others we took their vehicle registration number. Since they have not paid the fine, we would move court against them. We are expecting to collect a fine of Rs1 lakh," he said.
"After the violation, the offender can take back his license from traffic chowky within seven days. If he fails to pay the fine, then we send the challan to the court," Upadhyay added.

How was the traffic situation overall?
As per the police, the traffic situation in the city was more or less under control apart from the jams witnessed in Ghatkopar and Tardeo areas. No incident of assault on traffic policemen and harassment of female traffic cops were reported on Monday.

Number of cases:
Drink driving: 27
Without helmet: 1,233
Triple seat: 211
Sitting on cabin: 21
Total: 1,492

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