In a bid to halt the menace of bike racing which has led to several accidents and has become a major inconvenience to locals, city police has decided to take stringent action against such bikers. Traffic cops have started to book racers under IPC sections instead of the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, North ACP R Ravisankar Reddy who is in charge of curbing bike racing in the city, said that “We are now registering offenders under section 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others) and section 279 (rash driving). Till date, fines between Rs 5,000 and Rs 15,000 have been imposed in 404 cases. This has led to a decrease in the number of cases.” The ACP added that special drives have been taken up to raise awareness.
While city police are counseling riders, parents and guardians too have been asked to keep vigil. In total, traffic and law & order officials booked 45,483 cases under the MV Act in 2020 and imposed a total fine of over Rs 2 crore in incidents of rash driving and speeding. In 2019, close to 35,000 cases were booked and fines of Rs 1.6 crore were imposed on errant riders.
According to police, youth — especially in the 18 to 25 age bracket — were found moving in groups at night and taking part in races which are being organized through social media. They said there four to five racing clubs that organize races at night on Beach Road between RK Beach and Bheemili beach along with the IT Hills area.
City police commissioner Manish Kumar Sinha said that though there are around 200 racers in the city, at least 100 are actively involved in bike racing. “We have come to know that many racers are using Power 99 fuel which boosts the speed of their bikes. The only outlet selling this fuel is at Siripuram junction. We have gathered details of racers and are keeping a watch,” the commissioner said.
Police have also planned to carry out surprise checks at identified places where such races take place. This, besides taking up awareness drives in educational institutions regarding the consequences of such activities as well as their legal aspects.
“We have planned to circulate short videos and also show live road accidents through various social media groups and at awareness programs. Hoardings will be placed at important junctions and also at colleges,” ACP Ravi Shankar Reddy said. Police have urged locals to report incidents of bike racing to their number, 9493336633, Dial 100 or control room 0891- 2565454. Cases are being registered under section 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others) and section 279 (rash driving) of the IPC instead of the Motor Vehicle Act
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