Are you a habitual traffic offender?
Then here’s a caveat for you – you might as well lose your driving license soon.
As per the city police department, there has been an increase in the number of traffic violators in Bhubaneswar.
The statistics released by the police department suggests an alarming rise in the number of offenders. Take a look:
May, 2014 – 28 people were fined
June, 2014 – 199 people were fined
July, 2014 – 265 people were fined
(Source: The Times of India)
As per the report, the increasing use of cell phones by bike riders and car drivers, has led to as many as 30 accidents although no casualty has been reported so far.
The police department says they have done their part to sensitize people against using cell phones while driving but it seems like there are no takers.
Use of Hands-free while Driving Illegal
The city police department says they have seen many drivers using hands-free devices such as Bluetooth and earphones while driving. A lot of people tend to use hands-free devices such as Bluetooth while driving, which are wirelessly connected their car’s entertainment system.
They are under the impression that this is perfectly legal. The bad news is this is completely illegal as this is equally hazardous and could potentially lead to many accidents on the road.
According to Forum of Prevention of Road Accidents, one can’t even listen to music via earphones while driving let alone talk via wireless devices because it’s illegal.
Habitual Traffic Offenders to Lose their Driving License
Now, this is going to get pretty serious!
The city police department is planning to prosecute incorrigible traffic offenders in Bhubaneswar by submitting the chargesheets against them in the court.
If someone keeps on violating traffic norms in the city over and over again, their driving license will be cancelled.
At the moment, the police department is only imposing fine on violators under the Motor Vehicle Act and Odisha Urban Police Act.
Online Database for Habitual Traffic Offenders
According to reports, the city police is deliberating on an online database for the habitual traffic offenders in Bhubaneswar.
This project is likely to get off the ground after the proposed installation of CCTC cameras in Bhubaneswar.
One the CCTV cameras are operational, the city police department will introduce the practice of submission of prosecution reports against the traffic violators. The cameras will do the job of catching the traffic offenders and generating prosecution reports which will be sent to the court.
What do you think about the latest move by the city police department?
Source: The Times of India