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Bike riders cracked for disobeying traffic rules

Sunday, 17 March 20130 comments

Darjeeling March 17: Beware bike riders in the hills. The Darjeeling police will not spare if you ride a bike in excessive speeds, without helmet on and a proper license. For years the bike riders have not followed traffic norms not only in Darjeeling but also in the other two subdivisions of the hills. The police, in a first massive drive on bike riders, cracked down on 35 bikers today and imposed fines on them for violating traffic norms.
“Most of the detained persons were teenagers who were either without helmets which is a must or driving at excessive speeds. Many of them even did not have a license,” said Amitav Ghosh, the officer in charge (traffic) in Darjeeling. Ghosh added that a sum of rupees twenty nine thousand has been collected from the detained persons.
In the plains however, traffic personnel regularly keeps a check on the bikers for not wearing a helmet compared to the hills. Often it has been noticed that bikers are without helmet who are mostly teenagers. Till date even the police who are in charge of the traffic system in the state have not cracked down with much effect. As observed, in the other two subdivisions of the hills Kalimpong and Kurseong too bike riders are seen without helmets.   It has also been noticed that the bikers without helmets move away right from under the nose of the traffic officer on duty at various points of the hills.
Ghosh admitted that the traffic rules are followed strictly by the riders and the police too have not checked regularly. “The traffic rules for two wheelers are neglected in the hills comparably with the other districts. Todays move is also a lesson to generate awareness to the people that traffic rules applicable for bikers should also be followed in the hills. Even after this the situation remains same we will take stern action against those who disobey,” added Ghosh. 
In the neighbouring Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim traffic rules for bikers are strict and even the pillion rider has to wear the helmet failing which a fine is imposed.
The Darjeeling police have already decided to install CCTV cameras in various parts of the town to check the traffic menace.
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