The traffic police of Hyderabad is known for its public awareness drives and constant reminders about wearing seat belts and helmets. However, several motorists continue to flaunt traffic guidelines. Rachakonda traffic police booked cases against 26,035 people driving without a helmet during the past one month, while another 171 were fined for not wearing a seat belt. The traffic police also booked cases against persons for overspeeding, signal jumping, driving without licenses, and other traffic offenses.
As per DCP Traffic Rachakonda D Srinivas, a total of 44,024 cases were booked by the traffic police for Motor Vehicle Act Violations, and a fine of Rs 1.38 crore was collected during the past one week. The police also conducted traffic rules awareness programs to reduce the number of violations.
During this time, they also reported eight deaths in 54 road accidents and 50 injuries due to various reasons. The accidents occurred due to human errors and engineering defects, according to one traffic official. The traffic officials also caught 89 people during drunken-drive checks held at Malkajgiri, Uppal, Vanasthalipuram, Kushaiguda, Yadadri, Choutuppal, and Bhongir police station limits.
The police further clarified that most accidents within Rachakonda limits could be attributed to factors such as negligence of drivers, overspeeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, and self-skidding.
Meanwhile, the traffic engineering cell visited 11 fatal accident spots along with traffic police officials, law and order police, and other concerned departments. Rectification works were being taken up for various black spots.