Traffic violators beware Offenders can now land in jail for up to
Kolkata: Kolkata Police has lodged First Information Reports (FIRs) against 46 habitual offenders, who have either violated traffic rules or were involved in over-speeding. Most of these offenders have violated traffic rules more than ten times and a handful of them have erred more than 20 times.”In the last two months, we have identified as many as 46 habitual offenders. They had to spend a night behind bars before getting bail from the court the next day. Their licences have been seized and cancelled for a period of three months,” a senior official of Kolkata Police’s traffic department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeKolkata Police has been implementing Section 279 of IPC in the harshest possible way to curb rash driving. Section 279 of IPC under the recent Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill empowers the law enforcers to arrest a person who violates traffic rules or indulges in over-speeding on more than three occasions.Previously, they used to get away by paying fines. The highest punishment under Section 279 of IPC can lead to imprisonment for six months.Kolkata Police has identified these offenders on the basis of speedometers and closed circuit TV cameras installed on a number of roads in the city. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt has been learnt that the department has made a list of around 100 vehicles that have frequently indulged in rash driving or violated traffic rules. The limit for four wheelers on city roads should not be more than 60 km per hour while that for two wheelers should be not more than 50 km per hour.The police have also introduced a system of sending instant SMS for traffic violation to vehicle owners at some important thoroughfares in the city. “We are gathering all possible evidences to ensure that those drivers who turn a blind eye to traffic rules and regulations with hands on the steering are punished as per law,” a traffic department official said.