Visakhapatnam: The use of cell phones while driving is emerging as a major road safety issue. The number of fatal and non-fatal accidents due to using mobile phones while driving in Visakhapatnam is on a rise. Driving while using phones not only endangers drivers but also other people on the road.
The city traffic police have been issuing nearly 1,200 challans to motorists every day. Of all the challans, between 70 and 100 are related to motorists using their phones while driving.
Speaking to STOI, MRK Raju, ACP (traffic) said, “Despite our awareness campaigns, some young motorists continue to flout traffic rules by driving while speaking on their phones.”
A report by the ministry of road transport and highways showed that in 2018, 7 motorists died and 70 suffered injuries while they were using their phones while driving. Most of those who died were riding two-wheelers.
City police commissioner RK Meena said, “Using mobile phones is integral to modern life, however, using phones while driving is a dangerous trend as motorists lose control over their vehicle as well as their surroundings.”
As per the current laws, if a motorist is found speaking on the phone while driving, a fine of Rs 1,000 will be imposed on them. However, in the coming days, the fine will go up to Rs 5,000, said a senior police official of the traffic wing.
“We are examining CCTV footage at traffic signals in the city to find violators and issue traffic challans to instill fear among violators,” the official said while adding that the new Motor Vehicles Act prescribes steep fines and harsher punishments for traffic violators.Source: Times Of India