The popular perception is that if you get on the wrong side of the law and the offence is minor, you can get away with some artful greasing of the uniformed palm.

While this may be true to a certain extent, sometimes it will not work.

In the wake of series of fatal road accidents, the East Traffic Sub-Division of the Bangalore City Police decided to get tough on traffic rules violators, particularly drag racers.

They deployed additional police force at M.G. Road, Trinity Circle, B.R.V. Parade Grounds and collared 16 youngsters along with their souped up cars and two-wheelers.

Amongst the arrested, eight were scions of business industrialist families. On hearing about their detention, parents and friends rushed to the Shivajinagar traffic police. Three of them, involved in jewellery business, allegedly tried to offer a little something to the police officials.

“They requested us to not to file any case and to release their children immediately. They also offered to renovate the station building and also sponsor furniture and electrical items, including a refrigerator, if we let their children go,” a senior officer told The Hindu.

But the police went ahead and booked the cases and the youngsters had to seek bail.

A not-so-nice instance

But more typical is the sight this reporter saw going home after a long hard day.

It was close to midnight last week and there was this car ahead of his, hogging the road and in no hurry to stick to the mandatory speed.

The tired journalist honked. No use.

The pack of youngsters in the vehicle appeared to think they were entitled to their behaviour.

Impatient, the reporter accelerated and drew close to the high-end car to note down the number. To his shock, the licence plate said, ‘FBI’.

A closer look revealed the acronym’s expansion: ‘Female Body Inspector’.

The reporter was not at all surprised when the lurching car finally turned into a posh area of R.T. Nagar.

Seeing red

Motorists are yet to get used to the way traffic policemen enforce rules at traffic signals.

Take the case of the signal at the Basaveshwara Circle. For motorists coming from Race Course Road, it was free left for a long time.

And then suddenly, it was no longer so. This change has created confusion for motorists because some policemen allow them to proceed despite the red light while others book them for jumping the signal.

It is a different problem at the entrance of Avenue Road from the Mysore Bank Circle. Here you have a signage indicating one-way. At times police treat it as a no parking sign and tow away vehicles parked before it.

Such confusions are bound to increase with the traffic police going installing more and more traffic signals and signboards.

RAGHAVA M. AND

M.T. SHIVA KUMAR

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