Number of traffic offenders rises this year

The number of traffic offenses in the city has increased by 23.21 per cent in the 11 months of 2013, while the traffic police have collected as much as Rs 20 crore in fines from offenders.

According to Mumbai traffic police data, the number of offenders increased from 15.18 lakh in 2012 to 18.7 lakh as of November 31, 2013.

"Despite intensifying drives and introducing ways to strengthen the law, the number of offenders has not come down," a senior traffic police officer said.

Most of the violators were penalised in 2013 for rash driving, jumping signal, tinted glasses, lane cutting, faulty number plates or not wearing helmets or seat belts.

"The department has given various suggestions to the Director General of Police. We have also started awareness campaigns to educate and discipline motorists. Actor Amitabh Bachchan has agreed to lend his support to a campaign," said Vivek Phansalkar, joint-commissioner of police (Traffic).

Phansalkar said technology-based enforcement will take time to be executed in the city. "Till such time, officials are looking at better ways of manual enforcement," he said.

Officers blame the figures on lack of traffic sense. "Monetary penalty does not serve as a deterrent. We need a tougher penalty," said Phansalkar.

megha.sood@expressindia.com

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