Delhi cops issue over 40 challans for not wearing rear seat

The Delhi Traffic Police issued over 1.2 crore notices last year to offenders for not wearing seat belts, improper parking, jumping red lights and speeding.

New Delhi, Delhi Police on Thursday issued more than 40 challans to commuters for not wearing seat belts in the rear seats of their vehicles on the second day of its special road safety drive, officials said. On the first day of the drive, police conducted checking on the Barakhamba Road near Connaught Place in central Delhi and issued 17 court challans.

A senior police officer said that the drive was conducted in two districts — New Delhi and Southwest — where the vehicles were checked and a total of 41 challans were issued.

In New Delhi district, 32 challans were issued in KG Marg and Mandi House areas, while nine challans were issued in Palam and Vasant Kunj areas of the Southwest district, the officer said, adding that the drive will be intensified in coming days.

The drive comes after former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry (54) died in a road accident in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on September 4. Mistry, who was sitting in the rear seat, was not wearing a seat belt, police had said.

Last week, the Delhi Police took to Twitter to urge citizens not to indulge in speeding and always wear seat belts.

According to official data, more than 1,900 people died in Delhi last year in road accidents involving negligence on the part of drivers or passengers of vehicles.

The Delhi Traffic Police issued over 1.2 crore notices last year to offenders for not wearing seat belts, improper parking, jumping red lights and speeding.

Separately, the Delhi Traffic Police also launched a drive to check vehicles with tinted window glass.

“Starting today, #DelhiTrafficPolice shall be penalising those who have tinted glass/glass films beyond permissible limits. Also, we will keep a check on minors indulging in driving without licence and penalise the vehicle owners,” police had said in a tweet.

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In a similar accident some weeks back, Vinayak Mete, a Maratha leader died on the Mumbai-Pune expressway when the driver of his SUV rammed into a multi-axle container truck in an attempt to overtake it. The truck was veering from the middle lane to the outer

The brakes of the Mercedes car carrying Mistry and three others were applied five seconds before it crashed, the luxury carmaker had said in its interim report submitted to the Palghar police last week.