Nagpur: With 232 deaths in road accidents in the year 2017 in their minds, Traffic Police in city cracked down teenagers riding two-wheelers ‘unlawfully.’ As many as 626 such teenagers (below 16 years) were issued challans for speeding two-wheelers as they are not allowed to ride geared or gearless bikes above 50 cc capacity lawfully.
The statistics were revealed by Traffic Police Department in response to an RTI query posed by activist Abhay Kolarkar.
According to the statistics released, 232 persons died in 1,373 road accidents reported in city during the year 2017. Of them, 35 died in road accidents that occurred on the Ring Road. 59 persons lost their lives in mishaps involving heavy vehicles. In the special drive conducted by the Traffic Control Branch from time to time, a total of 2,942 riders, drivers were booked for violation of rules. Of the teenagers issued challans, some were found riding above 150 cc powered two-wheelers. Taking the parents of these erring kids to task, cops issued the challans in the names of the parents. In addition, 1,192 vehicles were detained during the drive which was conducted on December 26,27 and 28 in the last year, the RTI reply further informed.
According to the data, Chamber 2 of Traffic Police issued challans to 834 riders in Sitabuldi, Ambazari, Sadar, Gittikhadan, Dhantoli and Mankapur areas; Chamber 3 issued challans to 783 riders in Kotwali, Ganeshpeth, Tehsil, Lakadganj, Pachpaoli and Shanti Nagar areas, Chamber 4 issued challans to 687 riders in Imambada, Ajni, Sakkardara, Nandanvan, Hudkeshwar and Besa areas; Chamber 1 challaned 441 riders in Sonegaon, MIDC, Hingna, RP Nagar, Bajaj Nagar and Wadi areas while Chamber 5 issued challans to 193 riders in Old Kamptee, New Kamptee, Kalamna,Yashodhara,Jaripatka and Koradi areas.
During the drive, traffic cops challaned 55,921 riders in 2017 for not wearing helmet. Similarly, the cops booked 19,955 riders/drivers for signal jumping,12,342 drivers were fined for not wearing seat belts, 8,976 for riding triple seat,7,492 for talking on cell phones while riding/driving and 1,317 were challaned for over speeding.