New Delhi: In a bid to enforce zero tolerance against traffic offenders, the Delhi police will launch from February 1 a ‘focused prosecution’ drive at every possible crossing, traffic signal and other spots where majority of commuters are seen violating traffic rules.
“We have given the name of this zero-tolerance driver from February 1 in the whole of Delhi as ‘Focused Prosecution’ to slap fines on traffic offenders. This time, we are aiming to identify majority of trouble spots, accident prone spots, crossing violations spots, red-light violation spots, overspeeding spots and dangerous and wrong driving spots, Special Commissioner of Traffic Dependra Pathak told IANS on Monday.
“We have directed all traffic Zonal officers and Traffic Inspectors to mark and identify these spots. The officials have been directed for maximum deployments on roads for enforcing traffic rules and prosecute violators. We have selected 10 spots and efforts are on to earmark other spots too,” Pathak said.
“A majority of traffic offenders during peak hours are bikers who are in hurry to reach their destinations. They drive on footpaths, wrong lanes, jump red lights, take illegal U-turns, violate lane driving, and drive on opposite lanes,” he added.
“Sometimes, such driving leads to fatal accidents. This brings traffic to halt at crossings, leads to road-rage cases etc,” the DCP said.
According to Delhi Police data, in 2017, as many as 20.10 lakh offenders were prosecuted for offences ranging from triple-riding, overspeeding, drink driving and others. Besides, 11 lakh persons were prosecuted for wrong parking in 2017. A total of 60,10,772 challans were issued and Rs 94.25 crore collectd in fine.