As per the new Motor Vehicles Act, which came into effect from September 1, the traffic rule violators will now be paying heftier penalties. (Photo: PTI)
Are police now really the maintainers of public order? Some police officers seen in viral videos violating traffic rules suggest the other way round.
Several videos of policemen breaking rules surfaced on social media that encouraged the traffic police in Uttar Pradesh to plan out a drive to teach these men in uniforms a lesson.
Carrying out the drive in full swing, the traffic police managed to find 51 policemen who broke the new traffic rules in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh.
Meerut Additional Director General (ADG) Prashant Kumar confirmed Aajtak that 51 policemen were found violating the rules.
They included two inspectors, seven sub-inspectors, constables and head constables from different police station across Meerut district, Kumar said.
Apart from being challaned, the policemen have been given a strict warning. They have also been asked to instruct their junior and senior policemen about following the traffic rules.
Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh issued a statement on Saturday saying that strict actions will be taken against any policemen who will be found breaking the traffic rules. Not just this, they will be fined double the penalty levied from them, said Singh.
The DGP issued the letter to all the Senior Superintendents of Police and Superintendents of Police.
This is to spread a message in public and even among policemen about the consequences of violating the traffic rules, Singh said.
As per the new Motor Vehicles Act, which came into effect from September 1, the traffic rule violators will now be paying heftier penalties.
Penalties have been increased under the new law to make people more aware of road safety; earlier people would bribe their way after violating rules as the penalties were low compared to the fresh amendment.