Several two-wheeler riders whose photographs were captured by traffic sentinels while riding without a helmet had ended up paying a fine of Rs 700 which included Rs 600 fine for dangerous riding.
However, since the last couple of months, the Goa traffic police have restricted imposing of fine for dangerous riding. For riding without helmet, the fine is Rs 100 while for dangerous riding it is Rs 600.
A senior police officer said that if there is video evidence or photograph of triple seat riding and depending on the nature of violation, the rider is penalised for dangerous riding. The officer said that earlier (based on photographs) riders without helmet were also challaned for dangerous riding and it is justified. The offenders could have challenged it in a court, the officer said. However, several people had raised objections to the Rs 700 fine.
The officer said that later instructions were issued to police personnel to impose the fine if it is applicable especially if there is video evidence or even photograph of triple-seat riding.
The traffic ‘sentinel scheme’ was launched on November 10, 2017 and till date 2329 people have enrolled as traffic sentinels. The photographs and videos are sent on the dedicated WhatsApp number 7875756110.
According to the police, the scheme has been launched with an idea to encourage citizens to report traffic violations and to create traffic sense amongst road users. Those who are reporting the traffic violations are also entitled for cash rewards. Certain traffic violations carries points and once 100 points are accumulated the sentinel is rewarded Rs 1,000 (per 100 points). Over 10,000 challans have been issued to traffic violators so far, police said.
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