Guwahati: The number of traffic violations in Guwahati is increasing on an alarming rate — so much so that in the first seven months of this year, the city traffic police collected about Rs 2.95 crore as penalties for around 1.15 lakh traffic violation cases.
Traffic violation cases from January 1 to July 31 this year have seen an upward spike with speeding motorbikes breaking traffic signals, motorists riding without helmets or driving under the influence of alcohol being the common violations, according to officials at the police commissionerate of Guwahati in Assam.
Trends show that more that 1.15 lakh violations were reported in the first seven months in the city. The number of cases in January, which stood at 13,000 rose to over 17,000 in July.
Likewise, the penalty collected this year started with Rs 30,69,000 in this January which grew over 1.5 times in July totalling at Rs 48,92,600. Computing the first seven months, Rs 2,95,96,950 was collected as fines and penalties by the department.
The highest violations and fines collected were in the month of May where a record number of 19,719 violations were recorded with Rs 54,19,200 collected as penalties.
The department said that the collections of fines were higher during festive days, and a huge amount of fines were collected from traffic signal violations, use of mobile phones while driving, not using seat belts, driving without licence and other documents, wrong side parking and so on.
Motor accident cases
Meanwhile, from January to July this year, up to 522 motor accident cases were reported from Guwahati, of which 138 turned out to be fatal and 140 people getting killed in these accidents.
Up to 384 non-fatal cases were registered in the city in which 448 people were injured in these mishaps.
Most of the accidents occurred due to overspeeding, rash driving, illegal racing and drunken driving, among other reasons, said an official of the police commissionerate of Guwahati. “It becomes dangerous not only for the driver but also for co-passengers and others present on the roads,” the official added.
Despite traffic awareness campaigns run by both the government and public bodies, traffic violations and accidents seem to be unstoppable in Guwahati.