Traffic violations are alarmingly high in a place like Bangalore, choking with vehicles. The Police/Corporation must take a major share of the blame. 1) Pedestrians are forced to walk on roads as the footpaths are encroached upon by traders, which reduces space for vehicles and puts the pedestrians to risk. 2) City buses stop quite away from the kerb at busstops forcing other vehicles to queue up behind them and make a detour. 3) Shopping areas lack sufficient parking place since the building basements are not used for paking (though officially basement parking is a must for such buildings). 4) Residential areas are arbitrarily converted into commercial or mixed areas, 5) Many roads/junctions do not have any provision for pedestrian crossing. It is near impossible for senior citizens to cross or even walk on certain roads on their own. Add to this the rash driving by auto and cab drivers.
Unless there is a systematic and foolproof way of catching offenders, the increased fines may only make the unscrupulous traffic cop pocket money from errant traffic violators. Big traffic violators (like city buses) may getaway with the violations, while drivers of private commercial vehicles could be harassed.
Stringent penalty is fine, specially for drunken driving, but government should also take responsibility for making roads vehicle-worthy and providing sufficient parking place.
Bonanza for traffic cops !!!
Forget about increasing fines and making new laws. Just implement the existing ones. When you have a Chief Minister (fortunately now an ex-CM) who publicly tells his cops not to enforce laws on wearing helmets, what hope do we have.
Long long due.
Just hope that it does not become mere tool to increase the police bribe.
Next logical step should be a creating nation wide vehicle database and focus on fair implementation of the new rule.
Covering whole city roads by CCTV cameras is a must in near future. Now even FullHD wireless camera installation became quite affordable.
Hard from this govt, but something good after long time.