The Uttar Pradesh Traffic Police have found a unique way to tackle violators in Moradabad. Instead of fining violators, they have decided to garland them and ask them to take a pledge not to violate traffic rules again, according to news wire service ANI. Police has been, for a few days, running a ‘Traffic awareness week’. Policemen are stopping people who are not wearing helmets or seatbelts and thereafter they show the traffic violator videos of road accidents and ask the violators to observe traffic laws, according to a News18 report.
Earlier this year Lok Sabha had passed the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, which was tabled by Union Highways and Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. The Bill had sought to reduce the number of road accidents, increase penalties for traffic violators and address corruption issues in the road sector in the country, as per an Indian Express report.
The Minister had said ”India is known for its traffic accidents. Saving lives is more important than building highways”. Gadkari added that by the time BJP completes its term in office the accident death statistics would be halved. Gadkari also told the Lok Sabha that nearly 1.5 lakh people die due to road accidents annually, according to an Indian Express report.
Congress floor leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Trinamool Congress’ Dinesh Trivedi along with a few other Opposition members had complimented Gadkari for the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, according to the Indian Express.