TRAFFIC CONDITION IN INDIA-
The traffic violations in the country are increasing rapidly despite the pandemic. Even during the lockdown, when people were prohibited from going outside, the traffic violations were high in number. It was expected in 2020, that as the lockdown was prevailing in the country, the traffic violations would have decreased, but that was not the case. A few months back, the traffic police’s main focus throughout the country was on checking and maintaining the covid-19 norms. But, now seeing the rapid increase of traffic violations, the police department is conducting various drives and taking measures to curb the traffic violations.
INCREASE IN TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS IN CHENNAI-
In Chennai, the traffic police recorded a total of 15.9 Lakhs cases of traffic violation in 2020. And within six months of 2021, the traffic violations recorded in Chennai were 6.7 Lakhs. This is a direct indication that the people do not take the traffic rules seriously and are constantly violating them. Although the violators are challaned and penalized, the traffic violations increase, meaning that punishment needs to be made stricter.
The most common violations that are recorded by the traffic police department in Chennai are-
- drivers not wearing seatbelts or helmets,
- over-speeding vehicles,
- Using mobile phones while driving,
- jumping traffic signals,
- overloaded vehicles,
- Goods vehicles carrying passengers, drinking, and driving.
EFFORTS OF THE TRAFFIC POLICE-
These violations are responsible for almost half of the road accidents in Chennai. These violations are constantly increasing in Chennai even after strict punishments that the traffic police have implemented.
- The traffic police departments of Tamil Nadu have stated that they feel that the current penalties and punishment are not enough.
- This is because Tamil Nadu is one of the few states that are yet to implement the Amended Motor Vehicles Act.
- The amended Motor Vehicles Act allows the police to fine heavily if needed.
- Pradeep Kumar, the Police Commissioner of the traffic police department in Tamil Nadu, has stated that the traffic department is trying to enforce the new guidelines under the Motor Vehicles Act, keeping in mind the high traffic violations.
- The department also said that implementing the new rules will not only help curb the traffic violations but will also help in reducing road accidents in Chennai to a great extent.