The city police is set to take tough action on two-wheeler riders racing on city roads. Two lives were lost in the city this month following accidents involving young men racing on city roads on their powerful bikes. A meeting of senior police officers in the city led by Ernakulam Range Inspector General of Police K. Padmakumar has decided to take strict action against the speedsters.

A six-year-old girl and a 45-year-old man were killed in the city in the last two weeks after they were hit by those racing on motorbikes. Panampilly Nagar, Foreshore Road, Chathiyath Road, Kaloor and Fort Kochi have reportedly become favoured spots for street bike racers.

The police said in a communication that they would detain anyone found endangering the public by racing or overspeeding on two-wheelers. Their vehicles would be confiscated and licenses suspended, the police said. The police have requested the public to inform them of incidents of street bike racing immediately at the control room or traffic station phone numbers.

The Kochi city police registered 9,748 cases of overspeeding and 4,003 cases of rash driving this year till November 10. More than 13,000 cases of drunk driving and over 1,000 cases of driving without licenses were also registered in the city during the same period. More than Rs.68.4 lakh was collected as fine for various charges.

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