Traffic violations in city set to hit all-time record

15 cases every minute, almost 81L till Sept; cameras boost detection

Traffic violations in city set to hit all-time record

Bengaluru Traffic Police(BTP) are booking average 15 cases every minute. In the first nine months this year, BTP has booked 80,93,719 complaints until September which is projected to be near to one crore violation in coming months.

The city police are registering an average of 15 traffic violations every minute, 924 every hour and 22,174 every day.

In the first nine months of this year, they have registered 80,93,719 cases. The number could well reach a crore by December.

In 2015 and 2016, the traffic police had registered 76,26,671 and 91,80,438 cases, respectively. The cases are mostly registered under the Indian Motor Vehicles Act and some sections of the IPC. The numbers have steadily gone up every year in the past decade.

To put things into perspective, the police had registered just 14,44,098 cases in 2007.

The majority of cases are now being registered with the help of cameras. “The reason behind the rising traffic violations is the ubiquitous
camera. These cameras catch the violator’s details in the traffic management centre,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), R Hithendra. “In recent months, our personnel have also been making efforts to book more and more traffic violators. That explains the increase in traffic violations this year.”

Types of cases

Parking violations, not wearing helmets, pillion riders not wearing helmets, speeding and reckless driving are the most reported traffic violations. Wrong parking accounted for the most cases —18.14 lakh to be precise — until September 2017.

Speaking of the rising

cases of wrong parking, Hithendra said: “The vehicle population has grown manifold in the city in the last few years. The parking space is inadequate to accommodate so many vehicles. That’s why many people end up being fined for wrong parking.”

The second most common offence is riding without a helmet, with 16,63,608
cases being registered until September 2017.

Pillion riders without helmets stand third with 1,37,8325 cases being registered until September.

DH News Service

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