Mumbai traffic police cracks down on ‘honking motorists’, over 2000 penalized

Mumbai traffic police cracks down on 'honking motorists', over 2000 penalized
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As a part of a new ‘no honking’ drive, Mumbai traffic police has penalised over 1900 motorists in the three days since it started the initiative.

The goal behind the drive is to reduce noise pollution in the city and discipline city’s motorists. The initiative is expected to continue for 15 days.

According to officials, over 600 cases are being lodged everyday, with a majority being booked in South Mumbai.

Sunil Paraskar, Additional Commissioner (Traffic), said, “A total of 1,915 cases were recorded in three days. Of these, 662 cases were in the south region, 636 cases in the central and east region, 617 cases in the north and west region. The figure is likely to cross the 2,200 mark over the weekend.”

Multiple teams of sub-inspectors and constables have been formed and stationed at various spots in the city. According to Paraskar, the focus is on silent zones like hospitals, schools, courts etc where incessant honking causes maximum disturbance.

Since most motorists simply deny that they were honking, the traffic police has devised a system wherein they rope in two impartial witnesses who were present in the vicinity at the time and book the offenders on the spot.

According to a senior traffic official, over 2000 motorists have been booked till Saturday, although official figures are yet to be announced.


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