Strict penalty needed to ensure traffic discipline

Traffic disciplineA commuter breaks off the lane by driving in the opposite direction on Jangli Maharaj Road on Sunday.

Frequent accidents in Pune are the result of lack of traffic discipline among Puneites, a judge observed while pronouncing judgment in an accident case involving a state transport bus and a bike rider who was killed in the 2011 mishap. The court said it is important to give stringent punishment to the accused in cases of rash driving to curb accidents.

Judicial Magistrate First Class S M Kanakdande made the observation while sending a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) driver, Mahendra Jadhav, to jail for a month in the accident case.

"A driver has to realise the responsibility that comes with holding the steering wheel. In the case at hand, the accident took place at 2 am. The driver should have realised that though the traffic is thin during that time, he should not drive rashly. He should have known that such an act will result in an accident. Citizens do not follow traffic rules properly and this is taking its toll on innocent people. The number of accidents on city roads is increasing alarmingly. To curb this, I feel it pertinent to give harsh punishment to the offender," said judge Kankandade.

The Judge mentioned that the victim of the accident, Vishal Madan Darekar, was the sole earning member of the family and his death has brought upon unending agony on his family members. "The family members of the accused are paying for a mistake committed by you," said the judge addressing the MSRTC driver Jadhav.

On May 25, 2011, Darekar (31) a resident of Maharshinagar and a friend were returning home after attending a late night wedding on a motorbike. While they were taking a turn at the Seven Loves Chowk they were hit by a speeding Shivneri Volvo bus driven by Jadhav. Darekar died in the accident.

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