A traffic department drive, Operation Eagle, to enforce road rules on Mumbaikars saw 60,000 motorists being penalised over a period of 20 days – between May 28 and June 15. If traffic police are to be believed, this drive has started bringing about a change as people have now started following basic traffic norms.
According to Dr BK Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police (traffic), "I have instructed all the traffic divisions to carry out the drive in their jurisdiction. However, we are extensively concentrating on the stretch between Bandstand in Bandra (west) to the Airport junction. In this stretch alone there are six police officers and 30 men at various points, who are intercepting motorists on violation of any, however small, traffic rule."
Upadhyay added that all over Mumbai at least 100 traffic police officers and 1000 men, who work in two shifts, are involved in conducting the 'Eagle Operation. Out of those fined, maximum were of bikers for riding without helmet with a total of 22,293 persons getting fined.
For no-entry 3,767 motorists were fined and 7,591 for stopping ahead of the stop-line. A total of 17,203 were fined for signal jumping and 192 for other traffic offences. The traffic police have collected a fine of Rs 44.15 lakh during the 20-day drive, which was carried out from 7am to 10pm.
"The purpose of this drive is to bring traffic discipline in motorists. On Friday morning, I visited the stretch between Bandstand and Airport junction and saw many motorists following rules such as stopping before the stop-line. At least 90 per cent were seen following traffic rules.
We are going to continue with this drive for some time. Motorists should have basic road sense and should not be following rules only when they spot a traffic policemen," Upadhyay said requesting motorists to help them in achieving their target.