Traffic cops slap fines at city jaywalkers

The traffic police have challaned 582 people in the last three days as part of its drive against jaywalking.

The drive, launched on Thursday, is being carried out at six accident-prone intersections where proper pedestrian facilities like foot over-bridges (FOBs) or underpasses are in place.

“Those who do not use FOBs and crossed the road while traffic was on were prosecuted.

On the first day, we fined 233 jaywalkers, while 195 were fined on Friday and 154 were fined on Saturday,” said a senior traffic police officer, adding that a jaywalker is slapped a fine of Rs 50 each.

The identified intersections are at Kashmere Gate Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in north Delhi, Rajouri Garden in west Delhi, Anand Vihar in east Delhi, Income Tax Office
(ITO) in central Delhi, Africa Avenue and Bhogal in south Delhi.

They were selected as a high number of pedestrian accidents were reported despite the presence of FOBs.

The officer also highlighted that similar action would be taken at other intersections where pedestrians violate road norms while crossing roads.

Some of the stretches where the maximum pedestrians got killed last year include Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, GT Karnal Road, Rohtak Road and Mathura Road.

The traffic police on January 1 had started a programme to promote pedestrian safety by offering a prize of Rs 5,000 to those using pedestrian facilities.

Coupons are distributed among those who use these facilities at Income Tax Office  and Anand Vihar. The recipient of the prize would be decided by a lucky draw.

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