Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: As part of its drive against underage persons riding two-wheelers, the city traffic police fined as many as 42 school students over the last 10 days.

A fine of Rs.500 was also levied on the owners of the vehicles used by the youngsters.

“We did not stop with that. We have also spoken to principals of various schools in the city asking them to prohibit minors from riding two-wheelers to schools,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sunil Kumar told The Hindu.

The Traffic police have also launched a drive against overloading of autorickshaws transporting school children. The awareness campaign and enforcement drive was launched in the wake of the recent incident in which an autorickshaw carrying several children went out of control and was involved in an accident on Santhome High Road.

As part of the campaign, traffic police officers visited over 200 schools in the past week. They advised the autorickshaw drivers against taking more than the prescribed number of passengers (children).

A pamphlet on road safety awareness for parents, school children and autorickshaw drivers was released on Monday. Pamphlets were distributed to the autorickshaw drivers and parents of children who travelled by three-wheelers. The traffic police with the Transport Department officials also conducted checks across the city and booked 650 autorickshaws for various offences, including refusal to ply, demanding excess fare and for using the fare meter. Of the total 650 autorickshaws, 225 were detained by the police, Mr. Sunil Kumar added.