Cops educate car users on wearing seat belts

Cops educate car users on wearing seat belts

After successfully launching the drive to ensure safety of two-wheeler riders, especially under the influence of liquor, the city police have turned their focus on four wheelers. A month-long  drive was launched on Wednesday to educate the drivers and front seat occupants of the car to wear seat belts. There are around 27,000 cars in the city.

Launching the drive by symbolically handing out the brochures about the significance of seat belts to the tourists in front of Amba Vilas Palace in the city, Police Commissioner M A Saleem said it was mandatory for the driver and the occupant of the seat next to the driver to adhere to the rule.

The rule is applicable for cars manufactured after 1994, which have the seat belt facility. Wearing of seat belts is optional for rear seat occupants.

The Commissioner clarified that during the period of the drive, police personnel deputed at vantage locations will only educate car users about strapping themselves. After the completion of the drive, violators will be booked by imposition of a fine of Rs 100 for the first time offence.Second time offenders, will be fined Rs 300. Driving licences will be recommended for suspension along with imposition of a fine of Rs 300 for the third time offenders.

Recalling his stint as additional commissioner of traffic in Bangalore, Saleem said when the drive was introduced in Bangalore two years ago, there were mixed reactions. However, people fell in the line later.

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