In a special two-day drive, the Mumbai traffic police penalised over 14,000 motorists and collected a fine of over Rs8 lakh.
The drive was conducted on Sunday and Monday at 50 different places in the city by 3,200 traffic policemen. It can be said that due to the stringent two-day drive, the city did not witness any mishap on the day of Holi (Monday).
The traffic police penalised a total of 14, 835 motorists in these two days for violation of various traffic rules, including drink-driving. According to the traffic police, the highest number of offenders was bikers found driving without helmet (6,839). This was followed by 1,374 cases of illegal parking.
Along with this, the traffic police booked a total of 996 offenders for signal jumping and registered 529 and 418 cases of taking more than the permissible number of passengers and dark films on windows, respectively. A total of 618 cases of drink-driving were reported in these two days, the traffic police said. "The biggest problem is of illegal parking. People park their vehicles wherever they want. They don't want to walk even a few meters. They park as close to their destination as possible without bothering to check whether parking is allowed there. This attitude inconveniences other motorists, pedestrians and locals.
We have started a stringent drive against illegal parking and we are going to continue with it," said Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).
Drive, in numbers
6,839: Riding without helmet
1,374: Illegal parking
529: Taking more than the permissible number of passengers
418: Dark film on car windows
230: Not wearing seat belt