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Traffic law enforcement drives bear fruits

Margao: Colva traffic cell has said that there has been a positive impact of enforcement drives conducted along Salcete’s coastal belt from Majorda to Cavelossim.

By way of reduced fatal accidents, more people wearing helmets and reduction in vehicle theft cases, the traffic police have enabled several parts of coastal Salcete to fall in line with the traffic rules.

Speaking to this daily, Colva traffic cell police sub inspector Devu Mangaonkar said there are many changes noticed in their jurisdiction.

“We have managed to see many positive results, thanks to the enforcement drives that have been conducted in the entire beach stretch of Salcete. Helmetless riding has reduced and so has the number of fatal accidents,” he said.

Since the beginning of the year, Colva police along with the traffic cell have registered a total of six fatal accidents. Of them, only one was a case of a young boy who died on the spot in Seraulim. The remaining fatal accidents were of cases where the injured died in the hospital.

Interestingly, the police have also noticed a reduction in the number of cases of vehicle thefts especially in Colva.

“Due to a step up in enforcement, number of thefts has greatly reduced. There used to be more than 10 to 15 cases reported every year, but this year, only two cases have been registered so far. Police personnel posted at the beach both during the day and the night has helped in reducing these numbers drastically,” he said.

The police have also acted against owners of KTM bikes and Dio scooters fitted with ‘rocket’ silencers that have become a cause of noise pollution. The traffic cell confiscated these bikes and released them after the modified silencers were removed.

As for the use of helmets, Mangaonkar said that “around 90 per cent of two-wheeler riders have begun to wear helmets. There are still some who wear the helmet when they see us and then remove it after they pass by us. The point of wearing the helmet is to ensure the rider’s safety and not for our benefit.”

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