Mysuru: The Mysuru city traffic police recorded 4418 traffic violation cases and collected Rs 4.92 lakhs in fines in a drive to enforce strict traffic rules in the city through ‘Operation Cheetah’ between 4pm and 7pm.
According to traffic cops, the drive was taken up at major junctions in the city to prevent motorists from breaking traffic rules.
In order to prevent accidents and to create awareness about traffic rules, police took up a massive drive in which 23 inspectors, 25 assistant sub-inspectors, 10 sub-inspectors – from traffic as well as law & order departments – along with Home Guard personnel were deployed at 55 major junctions. At each junction, a senior officer above the grade of ASI with two constables and two Home Guards were stationed to check vehicles.
People caught for violating rules were taken by surprise. One biker who had 108 cases traffic violations recoded against him ended up coughing Rs 10,800 fine amount. Some people paid the fine on the spot, others collected fine slips to pay later.
Some youths caught for not wearing helmets and without valid licenses tried to bribe cops and escape. The cops claim that the majority of vehicles owners don’t observe traffic rules which leads to accidents and deaths.
DCP (Crime and traffic) hinted at carrying out intensive drives on regular basis. ”We will take up such drives at odd hours by involving law & order police too. People who think they can break rules and get away with it will now think twice,” he said. The drive will maintain uniformity in tracking traffic violations, despite city having 5 police stations and inadequate staff, he added.
Meanwhile, city police commissioner A Subrahmanyeshwara Rao said that traffic police along with law & order police and Home Guards will take up regular drives to enforce traffic rules.