Mumbai Traffic Police wins a prize!
Ever heard of the Overdrive award? I hadn’t until I stumbled across it while surfing the Mumbai Traffic Police website. The Mumbai Traffic Police won the Overdrive Award this month in a formal ceremony on the 11th of January, 2008 in New Delhi. This is why:
…for the efforts undertaken in 2007 in making the roads of Mumbai city much safer- be it in the strict enforcement of drink driving laws, discouraging usage of mobile phones and other distractions while driving and adoption of safety restraint systems like seat-belts and helmets to ensuring traffic flows smoothly and thus resulting in fewer accidents and mishaps…
Driving in Mumbai has got tougher of late. You never know where a cop is lurking! On a lighter note, here are some signboards put up by the Mumbai Traffic Police…
Some reminders from the Mumbai Traffic Police Department:
- Windscreens and rear windows should allow at least 70 percent light and side windows should allow at least 50 percent light.
- Seat belts a must for the driver and the person next to him.
- Drivers of four-wheelers as well as two-wheelers are not allowed to use a mobile phone. Additionally, if you are alone, your mobile need to be switched off, which means no hands – free device! Fine is Rs 100/- if you disobey. But if you are also guilty of dangerous driving, you can be fined Rs 1000/- plus a compounding fee of Rs 500/- and there’s jail as well.
- If you drink and drive, be ready to to go to jail for 6 months and/or pay a fine of up to Rs 2000. Do it again and you could go to jail for 2 years and/or pay upto Rs 3000/- as a penalty.
- If caught driving without a license you will have to pay a fine of Rs 500/- and/or go to jail for 3 months.
- Helmets are compulsory for two-wheeler riders and the pillion as well. If you are caught without one the fine is Rs 100/-
(The first picture of the prize giving ceremony is from the site of the Mumbai Traffic Police. The other 3 pictures are by me. The pix of the first signboard was taken with a cell phone camera and the second was taken with a Canon 610. The pix of the three girls on a scooter was taken in by me in Mumbai. )
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