Road accidents declined in Dimapur during speed limit enforcement, says Police Commissioner
Dimapur, May 13 (EMN): Dimapur saw a decline in the number of road accidents in April, the month speed restriction was in place for all types of motor vehicles plying within Dimapur town area and the stretch of road from Zion hospital junction to Chümoukedima, according to the police.
Dimapur police had set a maximum speed limit of 50 km/hr from Zion Junction to Chümoukedima and 30 km/hr within Dimapur city area from April 1 to the 30th. It said the exercise was initiated in the interest of public safety and convenience, and in view of the increasing number of road accidents due to over speeding.
Rothihu Tetseo, Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, told Eastern Mirror on Friday that road accidents declined in April compared to other months. He, however, said that road mishaps cannot be controlled 100%.
He said the police can take legal action against the offenders as a deterrent to over speeding if the exercise is still place. He added that drivers would control the speed of vehicle if they notice the presence of traffic police.
The speed restriction has been lifted following the completion of one month. To enforce it again, the police commissioner said it can be done only if the ‘government gives order for notification’.
He also informed that the imposition of speed limit, which is punishable under section 183 of the Motor Vehicles Act (MV Act), had earned revenue for the department. However, details of revenue collected through fine and the number of vehicles caught breaking the speed limit during the one-month period was not made available to this newspaper.
It may be mentioned that under section 183 of the MV Act, over speeding invites a fine of INR 1000-2000 for light motor vehicle; INR 2000-4000 for medium, heavy passengers or goods vehicle; and impounding of driving license for second subsequent offence.