Mumbai: Policemen have begun meeting schoolchildren to crack down on traffic violations. NGOs have also been roped in.
“One of the worst traffic problems are the Nagpada-CST stretch and on JJ flyover. The NGOs will help police in spreading the message of safe biking,” said a senior police officer.
“We are conducting meetings in schools and NGOs near Pydhonie, JJ Marg, Dongri and Nagpada. Our aim to rope in prominent people to help us drive home the message,” said police chief Rakesh Maria.
The top brass is worried about the increasing attacks on traffic personnel. Nearly 83 cases of assault were reported in 2011-12, according to statistics provided by the traffic department. Close to 100 people have been were arrested for the attacks, even women personnel have been at the receiving end of public fury. “For a city with a population of over 15 million, there are merely 3,133 traffic cops, 330 of them women,” said a source. “There have been cases of assault, misbehavior, snatching of caps and gaping at female constables,” a traffic inspector said. In 2011-12, 20% assaults on traffic cops took place between Kalbadevi and Pydhonie.
The Times of India, March 15, 2014