Hike in traffic penalty to deter violations including drunk driving
The Union cabinet of India has amended the Motor Vehicle Act for penalties of traffic violations ranging from driving without seatbelts, rash driving/riding to drunk…
Driving behavior is impossible to change by implementing fines. People should change themselves. However, in many cases it has been seen that higher penalties have forced many drivers to drive their vehicles within limits specified. Higher fines form the basis for corruption as many individuals don’t actually know the amount of the fine.
Suspension of licenses and jail terms may be invoked against erring drivers if the need arises. In many cities some people feel that there is still more scope for higher fines which will deter erring drivers. It should be noted that there are also individuals who are brazen drivers and escape penalties even committing violations. In order to effectively collect fines and keep a check on drivers, the government needs to make use of cameras at crossing, interceptor vehicles, and police patrols and speed guns.
These units should be positioned at intersections and locations where accidents and violations are common. To help curb drunken driving check points at strategic locations should be imposed. It should be kept in mind that in order to maintain decorum on roads one needs to drive/ride responsibly irrespective of the hike traffic fines. The past weekend saw Chennai police swoop in and make drunk driving arrests.