Cops to crack down on signal jumping, cellphone use at wheel

Cops to crack down on signal jumping, cellphone use at wheel

The City traffic police will launch an awareness drive from January 21 to 27 against two common traffic violations: jumping signal and using mobile phone while driving.

“We have decided to focus on these two violations as they have caused numerous accidents, many of them fatal, over the past few years,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Safety), B Dayananda, said. The focus will be on safe driving. 

Police have discovered a direct correlation between traffic violations, especially jumping signal and using mobile phone while driving, and the number of accidents, including deaths and injuries. 

Innocent victims

“In most cases, the victims have been pedestrians and fellow motorists. They were either killed or left with grievous injuries,” a senior officer said. “They had to face the consequences of someone else’s actions. Hence, we decided to act tough.” 

Police also launched a social media campaign, highlighting the consequences of the two violations, according to Dayananda. 

“We also distributed pamphlets and erected hoardings, but there was little impact. Hence, we ruthlessly booked the violators last year.” 

At the same time, there were scores of complaints about how the two violations were endangering the lives of motorists, especially senior citizens, children and women. Whither lane discipline? 

Ensuring lane discipline is another bane of traffic administration. Dayananda said Bangalore had a rather dubious reputation in the country for lane discipline. 

The upcoming campaign would also deal with it, he added. Besides, the drive would address other issues. Police have planned to reach out to schoolchildren and rope in autorickshaw drivers as well. 

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