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Police gear up to promote lane drive

Police in the capital would start a campaign in January to promote lane driving before they focus on drivers talking on cellphones.

Driving in lanes designated for cars, buses and autorickshaws to ease the burden on roads is more important for the men-in-uniform as of now.

Senior police officers told The Telegraph that the drive was important because haphazard driving was very common in Patna.

“Using cellphones during driving is surely a problem but we have bigger issues to deal with. At present, the traffic police department is short-staffed. We don’t have modern equipment. Hence, we have to prioritise what is more important. Haphazard driving is a bigger problem in Patna. This often leads to traffic jams. Vehicles, especially two-wheelers, move around according to their wish and end up creating jams,” a senior traffic police officer said.

At present, only 299 policemen are working with the Patna traffic police against the sanctioned strength of 1,269.

Patna traffic superintendent of police Chandrika Prasad said: “In places like Delhi, lane driving is common. There are violators but in general, people drive in the lanes. This results in smooth traffic flow. In Patna, the situation is just the opposite. Drivers, in a bid to overtake, break rules and change lanes leading to frequent jams.”

Another police officer said: “The bikers are a problem too. They cut through the traffic and move haphazardly which is dangerous. Sudden change in lanes is wrongful overtaking. Lane changing should be systematic.”