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Traffic police renew drive for safe roads
- Hazaribagh crackdown on risky biking

Hazaribagh, Feb. 28: Motorists driving through the busy intersections of Hazaribagh town today were in for a surprise when they were stopped by traffic police for violations like jumping a red signal, triple riding on bikes and not wearing helmets while riding a two-wheeler.

Hazaribagh police re-launched its drive to sensitise motorists and issue warnings to traffic violators that they would not be spared if found breaking rules next time.

The exercise was undertaken in wake of numerous complaints that had poured in against rampant violation of road rules at busy signals, leading to several fatal mishaps in the last three months.

Notably, the traffic police had conducted such drive to sensitise the public about the importance of obeying the rules on three earlier occasions in 2013.

Traffic-in-charge R.C. Mishra said they would now take firm steps to make Hazaribagh town safe from accidents and jam-free.

“I want bikers to follow safety rules otherwise we will take action against them,” Mishra added.

He also warned shop-owners not to encroach on roads.

Traffic officials said they would soon serve notice to all those shop-owners who displayed their wares on the roads, making the motorable stretch narrow.

“We are identifying such encroachers in the first phase. The drive to remove them will start next week,” a police officer said.

Hazaribagh commuters welcomed the traffic police’s move. “It was the need of the hour. We witness regular jam on almost all the roads. We are forced to start our journey early to reach our destination on time,” said Mahesh Yadav, a businessman.

Residents added that situation had became worse in the recent days.

“Right from Main Road to Annada Chowk and District More to Pugmil Road, wherever we go we face snarls. It has become frustrating,” said another trader, Ravi Ranjan.

The traffic official added that pamphlets were being distributed on traffic rules and safety norms among the public and hoped good sense would prevail.