This year, 8.2 crore people have violated traffic rules in Bengaluru
- The data found that most people were caught parking their vehicles at places not meant for parking
- Cases of drunken driving have come down but there is increase in the incidents of reckless driving
- Experts say there is need to deploy more traffic personnel for smooth vehicular movement
The data found that most people were caught parking their vehicles at places not meant for parking, riding without helmet, using mobile phone while driving and reckless driving, apart from accident cases.
The traffic police said, that increase in the number of vehicles on road, and less awareness among the traffic rules is the reason for rise in cases of traffic rule violation.
With strict enforcement of rule against drunken driving, cases have come down from 62,576 to 52,362. However 20.3 lakh people were reportedly fined for parking their vehicles in the no parking zones. Similarly, 16.8 lakh rides were found driving without helmets.
"Many educated people are also not respecting the rules. Although there is a sign board in the no parking zone, even educated persons park their vehicles. In places where the roads are narrow, if such cases happen, it will stalls the traffic movement," said R Hitendra, Additional Traffic Commissioner, Bengaluru City.
MN Shreehari, traffic expert says, the government should deploy more traffic police personnel as the ratio between traffic police and number of vehicle is cannot be matched. "There are only 3,730 traffic police personnel for 57 lakh vehicles. There is a shortage of about 2,000 traffic police personnel. The traffic police operating currently are exhausted and cannot man the traffic all the time,"
"The department has registered 2.5 lakh cases of reckless driving and most of them are college students. Many a time, even the police personnel are injured while chasing the reckless riders during patrolling," said a senior official.