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Imphal, Oct. 5: The Manipur transport department launched a drive to check the use of mobile phones while driving or riding two-wheelers in Imphal city and its surrounding areas to prevent road accidents.
A source said the department launched the drive immediately after a notification on September 15, warning residents that they would be fined if caught using cellphones while driving.
“We do not have statistics, but we received information that mixing of driving with cellphone use has led to several accidents,” he said.
So far, 15 cellphone users have been rounded up and Rs 6,000 has been collected in all as fines under Section 184 of the Manipur Motor Vehicles Act 1988.
Six cases are pending.
For first-time offenders, the fine would be Rs 400. If caught a second time, he would be fined Rs 800. The amount would go up to Rs 1,000 thereafter.
“No one should attend to any call while driving or riding a two-wheeler. If any urgent call is to be made or the user is to attend to the incoming call, he should stop the vehicle by the road,” source said.
“If the offender does not have the money to pay the fines on the spot, officials seize the driving licence and the registration book. These documents are returned only when the fine is paid,” an official said.