Over 5k challans for not wearing seat belt
New Delhi: Delhi'ites are risking their lives by ignoring seat belts during driving as revealed in a drive conducted by Delhi Traffic Police. More than 5,000 challans were issued for ignoring seat belts while driving. The law enforcement agency claimed that not wearing a safety belt is among one of the reasons behind the fatalities in road accidents.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Alok Kumar told the Millennium Post that traffic police is conducting a "special" drive in the city. "Avoiding seat belt increases the risk of fatality," said Joint CP Alok Kumar. The Delhi Police data accessed by the Millennium Post revealed that in three days around 5,811 challans were issued starting from December 1 in which 1,298 challans were made. "On December 2, around 1,999 and on December 3, as many as 2,514 challans were issued for not wearing the safety belts," the data claimed.
Apart from the seat belt, more than 32 lakh challans were issued in 2018 under different heads till June 15 which includes more than 4,000 challans for using the private vehicle as taxis. Around 1,344 challans were issued for smoking while driving. Using mobile phone while driving led to more 8,000 challans.
For playing loud music in the vehicle, 700 challans were issued. As many as 39,908 challans were issued for using defective number plate and the honking horn led to over 7000 challans.
The Delhi Police data claimed that in 2017, till September, 1,137 road accidents were reported, while till September this year, the number stood at 1,136.
"As many as 1,154 persons died last year (till September), whereas 1,174 persons were killed in fatal accidents in 2018," the data claimed. Meanwhile, 52 persons were killed this year in 42 accidents involving private cars, whereas the number of fatalities last year was 44. To curb the menace of drunken driving, the Delhi Traffic Police have identified places in the city where perils of drunken driving can take place."
Proper picketing is done and strict action is being taken against the violators," said the police officer.