Operation Cheetah catches traffic violations at 55 junctions
Mysuru: In order to enforce strict traffic rules in the city, police on Wednesay launched Operation Cheetah between 4pm and 7pm.
According to traffic cops, the drive was taken up at major junctions in the city to prevent motorists from breaking traffic rules. The cops claim that the majority of vehicles owners don’t observe traffic rules which leads to accidents and deaths.
In order to prevent accidents and to create awareness about traffic rules, police took up a massive drive in which 23 inspectors, 25 assistant sub-inspectors, 10 sub-inspectors – from traffic as well as law & order departments – along with Home Guard personnel were deployed at 55 major junctions. At each junction, a senior officer above the grade of ASI with two constables and two Home Guards were stationed to check vehicles.
TOI reporters who visited some junctions in the drive found people caught for violating rules were taken by surprise. While some people paid the fine on the spot, others collected fine slips to pay later.
Some youths caught for not wearing helmets and without valid licences tried to bribe cops and escape.
DCP (crime and traffic) Vikram V Amathe said: “There are only five traffic stations in the city and due to shortage of staff, enforcement of rules has become difficult. Some people complain that enforcement of traffic rules is not uniform across the city. So, we decided to take up this drive,” he said.
He said such intensive drives will be conducted regularly. “We will take up such drives at odd hours like in the morning or in the evening by involving law & order police too. All inspectors and sub-inspectors were involved in the drive. People who think they can break rules and get away with it will now think twice,” he said.
Meanwhile, city police commissioner A Subrahmanyeshwara Rao told TOI that traffic police along with law & order police and Home Guards will take up regular drives to enforce traffic rules.