This is one of the most serious concerns of the day, in the state of Goa. Perhaps, it may be happening elsewhere too, but we are concerned only about Goa. It is the usual scene in the state, and you would have seen many people riding without helmets or driving without a seatbelt, but the moment they spot the traffic police, they either take U-turn or wear the helmet or put the seatbelt.
The first thing we all need to understand here is, the traffic rules are made for the safety of people and not for the benefits of the traffic police. People have the misconnection that they have to wear the helmets only to show to the traffic police to avoid the challan, while the helmets are used to safeguard your own head.
I am sure that, more than 80 percent people, who are reading this article, will agree with me, that two-wheeler riders do not like wear the helmets riding, and drivers don’t put the seat belts while driving but, the moment they spot the traffic police on the highways, they remember the rules. We feel good blaming the traffic police and road conditions when an accidents take place but, we do not blame ourselves for jumping over the rules every now and then.
Besides having the misconnection of wearing helmets only to show it to the traffic police, many of us have one more misconception, and that is, once we get challan by the traffic police, it is applicable for the whole day. But that is wrong. According to the SP traffic north, The challan issued for the breaking of the rule is not at valid for the day. “There is no mention in the challan that it is valid for the 24 hours. If the person gets caught again for breaking the rule, he and she will get Challan again within half an hours time,” said the SP Traffic North.
The local news channel, Prudent TV have come up with the report on the traffic violations that is taking place in the state. The video clip shows that people wear helmets and put the seatbelt only to escape from the traffic police. Taking the U turn after spotting the traffic police is one the most common practice that people adhere to.
According to sources, when such people are caught by the people they give various reasons for not wearing the helmets which includes, the feeling of uneasiness, due to the rain, was just going for the short distance ride, helmet was inside the dicky and many more. The best part here is after paying the challan, the offender still did not wear the helmet being under the misconception that once the challan is paid, there won’t be another challan issued within 24 hours time.
“Just to save 100 – 200 rupees they endanger their lives and the life of others too,” says the SP traffic, Devesh Mahala adding that “The moment they spot the traffic police on the road, they either take U turn or stop the scooter and wear the helmets, and once they bypass the traffic police, they remove the helmets. It looks like we are here only to challan them, but that is not the truth. We are here to save their lives.”
According to the data available with the traffic police, 30 percent accidents are self accidents, and the major reason behind the self accidents is drinking, and driving. According the statistics, traffic police have challaned around 3600 people for drunk driving in 2015 and 2300 people in 2016 while in 2017, within just five months time, the figures have already reached to 1400, said the sources.
According to the MV Act. , if someone found guilty of the drunk driving, then their licenses can get suspended for 6 months or the driver can go behind the bars for 6 months, but during the last two years, not a single case has been prosecuted under this. “It is written in the rule that imprisonment for six months or fine of rupees 2000 or both can be applied, and if it is the habitual offender case, the court take the cognizance of the same and imprisonment and fine both increases for up to three years or both,” says Traffic SP Devesh Mahala adding that “This is the provision in the law, but as far as my knowledge goes there is not a single case wherein any person sent to the jail for a single day.”
Although, in all the violation cases, the courts have been finning the offenders for Rs. 2000 or more but not sent anybody to the jail nor any driving licenses had been suspended till date. But the same cannot be taken for the granting. “If the court sends the offenders in the drunkun driving case into the prison for six months, that person will never ever try to break the rule again,” says Traffic SP Devesh Mahala.
Just because one has never been sent to the jail for traffic rule violations, it does not mean this cannot happen. The rules are going to become more stringent with the due course of time. The more road accidents claiming more lives, it is bound to happen. The purpose of this article is to create an awareness amongst the readers, so that they try to adhere to the traffic rules, and save their precious lives and save others too. Please do share your valuable comments and suggestions on this article.
IMAGE SOURCE: PRUDENT MEDIA