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Updated: June 4, 2013 16:05 IST

Watch out: speeding bikers are out to kill

Asha Sridhar
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Last Sunday, 12-year-old H. Shailaja died when a speeding two-wheeler rammed her father's motorcycle, near Raj Bhavan. The girl, who was riding pillion, was thrown off the bike and came under the wheels of a government bus.

Over-speeding is slowly turning into a silent epidemic that traffic police in the city is trying hard to tackle and contain. Quite often, it is the underlying cause of road accidents, a police officer says. So far, this year, Chennai City Traffic Police (CCTP) has collected Rs. 86,66,300 as fine amount for over-speeding and booked 28,645 cases. In 2011, a total of 54,145 cases were registered and Rs. 1,64,09,590 was collected as fine.

Days after the accident that claimed Shailaja's life, her father continues to relive the horror. “We usually travel by public transport. Everyone in my family is wondering why I decided to take the two-wheeler that night, considering there would be fewer vehicles on the road on a Sunday,” says an inconsolable Hariharan.

V. Suresh, the motorist who rammed Mr. Hariharan's bike, is said to have been drunk that night. He was arrested and booked under Section 304 (2) of the Indian Penal Code for homicide not amounting to murder. Mr. Hariharan claims Suresh was part of a group that was racing. “I saw two bikers speed past us and then Suresh hit my two-wheeler,” says the father, who escaped unhurt.

The traffic police has increased vigil on city roads. “We have found that the ECR, OMR and the stretches along the Marina and Elliots beaches are most prone to racing and speeding,” says Sanjay Arora, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic). “Earlier only a fine was levied, but now we remand the offender. With the help of one member, we trace the rest of the gang,” he says.

Enforcement has become stronger with traffic police using laser speed guns to spot speeding vehicles. “We can see vehicles travelling at a distance of 100-200 metres. Speed limits are fed into the equipment, which takes pictures of vehicles found exceeding the permissible limit,” says S. Sivanandan, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic (Planning).

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My sympathies are with the injured,the killed and their relatives. To book the culprits is but one aspect of the issue. In the meantime the innocents should try to protect their lives and bodies. In this context whether cotton gets near the flame or the flame gets near the cotton the result will be the same. We cannot be talking of our rights when danger is imminent though through no fault of ours. Hence one should avoid the roads when drunkards are likely to rein. From late at nights through the dawn, during long weekends, holidays and such other conditions depending upon the local habits of the drunkards. Drinkers need an excuse for drinking. During those "excusable periods " people should avoid the roads to the extent possible.

from:  T.S.Krishnaswamy
Posted on: May 20, 2012 at 00:02 IST

There has to be a stiff penalty/ fine and license has to be with held
for 6 months or 1 year. If he is drunk and driving then his license
must be revoked for 3 years. Similarly speaking on a mobile and
driving has to be dealt severely as there are many pedestrians on the
road unlike in the West. His Insurance premium must be hiked five
times the normal. This is the only way we can stop these offenders. In
USA we drive abiding the law, speed limit etc. If one break the rule
then he is penalized so heavily. The cops do not accept bribes and let
you go like in India. In India there is no value for Life or for
anything for that matter.

from:  ramsy
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 22:52 IST

Make the offenders visit the accident victim in the hospital or
mortuary.

from:  R. Narasimhan
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 17:15 IST

Please visit Annanagar, around 90% two wheeler's and 60% of four
wheeler's dont use indicators which makes it highly impossible for the pedestrians to cross the junctions.

Most two wheeler's in chennai assume that they receive flying licence
once they purchase their bike they bother about nothing but just
speeding at top speeds. Can the concerned authorities take notice and
punish the offenders??

from:  DRPSMAYO
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 16:09 IST

While our heart go for the family of Hariharan who have lost their
beloved daughter in the gruesome man made killing. Police should arrest
all other members of the gang of 10 bikers who are known associates of
Suresh. Keeping them at large is a potent danger to all road users on
any day. All 20 members of gang should be traced and booked. Then only
it would be the true homage to the departed girl and honest discharge
of duty to the Road users by the City Police.

from:  arkswamy
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 14:18 IST

This can be eliminated in no time. Install speed camera in black spots.
With photographic evidence, slap a fine of 1000.00 INR
Let the amount go up with subsequent offences. Make the cameras mobile.
Automate the thing so that tickets are issued from a central office. That way a policeman cannot get a bribe and over ride the process.

from:  Chandran
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 12:30 IST

Unless stringent punishment is meted to such road ragers who have a scant regard for fellow vehicle drivers , such accidents continue to happen. The greatest irony in our country normally the accused escape under the nose, as their are lot of loop holes and get the benefit of doubt and escape the long arm of the law. If the accused is close to prominent persons, he will easily escape from any punishment. Let the judiciary be strict with such persons. Now we have lost blooming flower for no fault of hers.

from:  V.M.PARTHASARATHY
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 12:17 IST

I drive down ECR everyday and I notice traffic policemen taking sincere efforts to catch and punish overspeeding vehicles. If individuals do not realise the dangers of overspeeding the rise in accidents will continue no matter hpw many traffic police are posted.

from:  Jayanthi
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 10:43 IST

the offender should be jailed for minimum of 6 months and this should be
a clear message for the racer.

from:  dhandapani
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 09:39 IST

Speed is just one of the culprits. But speed itself cannot kill. If this were the case, Germany would witness the highest number of road deaths. How about being a little more serious about meting out punishment for being out of control, not knowing traffic rules, breaking them deliberately, or maintaining a vehicle badly? All of these contribute quite a bit towards accidents and fatal ones, too. In most cases, policemen provide no proof of speeding either. It is just a case booked based on their word. Can we please address this?

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 09:25 IST

I also like driving at high speed, but i contain myself as the city
roads are not like those racing tracks where appropriate measures are
taken for safety. I am driving at a public place where any mishap will
bring sorrow to others and my relatives, so i kindly request everyone to
drive slow drive safe.

from:  Harish Sinhal
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 09:14 IST

Unless and until public obey traffic rules and become disciplined, no
amount of fine would be a deterrent. Right from licence issuing to
supervising traffic violations, police [that is another very grey area]should be left independent and no political or other powers should interfere. But as I see for the last more than 50 years, Chennai [as also all other towns and cties in our country] is becoming from bad to worse and nothing seem to bring in discipline.

from:  Saranathan
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 02:29 IST
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