Gurugram police cracks down on underage driving

May 19, 2017 07:09 AM

Gurugram: With a view to curb underage driving, the Gurugram traffic police launched a 16-day campaign in the city. Police said illegal parking and underage driving on roads leads to accidents in the city. During the drive, fines are being issued to underage drivers who are also sensitized about the problems posed by the practice. This drive will continue till May 31.

As many as 40 fines were issued to underage drivers on the first day of the drive. On Tuesday, more than 150 drivers in various parts of the city were asked to produce driving licences and papers of vehicles. Those found to be below 18 years were issued fines and the vehicles seized.

The traffic department aims to intensify the campaign and to spread the area of the drive. On April 19, in a similar drive against underage driving, the traffic police had warned 35 students who were found driving without a licence and also penalised 10 parents for allowing their children to drive.

The department also towed 221 vehicles from MG Road and issued 3,286 fines from May 11 to May 16 for illegal parking on MG Road. A similar drive was conducted on Sohna Road in which 3,000 fines were issued for illegal parking. The MG Road has been demarcated as a 'zero tolerance zone', and offenders have to pay Rs600 for violation of rules.

The MG Road, one of the busiest stretches in the city because of the presence of malls and a metro station along it, daily sees snarls, mostly due to haphazard parking and encroachments. The traffic police is taking the issue of traffic rule violations seriously and has also suspended 424 driving licences for various offences between May 1 and 15. Also, on May 13, a campaign against drink driving was held and 109 drivers fined.

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