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    NEW DELHI: If you are a demon behind the wheel, slow down. From Monday, the traffic police have started booking flagrant speed violators under the more serious charge of dangerous driving which involves a hefty fine and a possible jail term.

    The cops are also putting 100 special cameras, with automatic number plate readers, which would click pictures of violators round the clock on important stretches in the city. These cameras would be functional by the end of next month, police officials said.

    "While those found driving at speeds up to 20 kmph over the prescribed limit will be booked under the speeding law, those racing at speeds higher than that will be charged under dangerous driving and issued court challans. This is punishable with a Rs 1,000 fine and up to six months in jail," said joint commissioner of police (traffic) Satyendra Garg.

    This move is similar to the decision to push for jail terms for drunken driving that started in August 2010.

    "Recently, several cases of fatal accidents have been a result of reckless speeding. This decision will hopefully act as a deterrent for speedsters. Soon, we will also have over 100 cameras keeping round the clock vigil on all major roads and this will also help in bringing such incidents down," added Garg.

    Speeding violations are usually booked under sections 112/183 of the Motor Vehicle Act, which invites a fine of Rs 400. However, dangerous driving is booked under 112/184 of the MV Act, which invites a court challan and a possible jail term. While the highest speed limit in the city for private vehicles is 70 kmph, most stretches have a limit of 60 kmph or 50 kmph. This means that you will be liable for a jail term if you are caught driving at speeds higher than 80kmph/90kmph (depending on the limit on the particular stretch). The limit for commercial vehicles throughout the city is 40 kmph, while it is 20 kmph for all vehicles inside residential areas and marketplaces. Traffic police are in the process of procuring at least 100 Automated Number Plate Reader (ANPR) cameras which will detect speed violations. These cameras will be placed at 10 important stretches and will be able to take pictures of speeding vehicles in every lane.

    "The cameras take three pictures of a speeding vehicle - a regular picture, an ultraviolet picture and a close-up of the vehicle's number plate. These pictures also capture the driver's image. We recently conducted a trial run of this exercise near the airport where more than 600 violations were caught in just four hours," said a senior traffic police officer. The pictures taken from these cameras will be sent to the central server where the ownership records of all vehicles would be available. The challan, along with a copy of the photograph, will be sent by speed post or courier, said traffic officials. Initially, the cameras will be placed at high-speed stretches like the Salimgarh bypass, Ring Road, outer Ring Road, NH8, NH10, NH2, DND, NH1 and Road Number 56.

    Currently, the police use 10 speed interceptors to detect speed violations. These interceptor vehicles are fitted with equipment to record the speed of a passing vehicle and take its picture. The equipment records the time and place of the incident as well as the speed of the vehicle at the time of the violation. A printout of the picture, along with a challan, is sent to the vehicle owner's house within 48 hours.

    Times View
    Measures to deal with rash driving are not only welcome, they are long overdue in Delhi. However, equating dangerous driving wit h speed would be a serious mistake. Vehicles that weave in and out of traffic are a bigger hazard than fast-moving-but-disciplined ones. Also, what speed is 'dangerous' depends on many factors, including the width of the road, whether it is straight or curved, whether there are intersecting roads and so on. What we need, therefore, are reasonable speed limits combined with strict enforcement of all traffic rules. A limit of 80kmph on clear wide stretches even within cities is not unreasonable, while there might be other areas - in front of schools or hospitals, for example - where the limit could be much lower. On highways, on the other hand, 120kmph seems sensible.


    Source : TOI




    So what's your take on this??


    in my opinion having speed limits is fine, but just having a speed limit is not good. One should punish reckless driving more than over-speeding. Reckless driving can be done under speed limits and is more dangerous than speeding.

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    • #3
      Utter nonsense!!! Instead of fixing the root of the issue, they're addressing something else which is easier!!! 40 Kmph speed limit for motorcycles like Ninja/CBR 250R, Ninja/GT 650R!!!
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      • #4
        The speed limits are set based on the roads and locality, so these are very much welcome and needed. Guys, the honeymoon on the roads is going to come to an end soon.

        But this is only looking at one specific problem, the problem of rash driving is what causes more accidents than mere over speeding actually in most cases the speed is within limits. They should fine rash dirving similarly only then will some sense return to our traffic.

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        • #5
          cameras will be on selected routs . like the ring roads where the most of accidents happen , i think it a good move by dtp.
          i think bikes have speed limits of 50.
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          • #6
            Given that speed limits are not widely marked on roads, and the ridiculous separate speed limits for bikes. I'm predicting this will end like everything else. Arbitrary enforcement, protests and potentially destruction of the cameras. Given that people will break dividers just to save 10 secs, I don't see how this can ever work without giving proper information and setting informed speed limits.

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            • #7
              Everybody sell off your higher capacity bikes and buy 100cc bikes :P
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              • #8
                Well, I welcome the check on the speed of the vehicles to ensure the safety of the people but I completely agree with the Times View. Speed limit of just 80kph on a NH or DND is simply unreasonable. These stretches of road were built for high speed riding( that is why to do not have any intersection or median) plus driving at 100+ doesn't make one dangerous, it's when you start driving rash you become dangerous that could even be at a speed of 50-60kph.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by w4rrior View Post
                  Everybody sell off your higher capacity bikes and buy 100cc bikes :P
                  Actually I have a better plan, They should make a Hanumaan Mandir at Buddh International Circuit.

                  1. People will come to make their offerings on their fast bikes and powerful cars every saturday.
                  2. Take blessings from Hanumaanji so that they go back home alive after doing their track day right there.
                  3. Go back to home/work and stick to the absurd speed limits for the rest of the week making the world a better place.
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                  • #10
                    Whats the point?
                    The Rich and powerful will be able to pay that so called "hefty" fine and even avoid jail with their money power.
                    Its only the common man who will suffer when he would fail to notice a rusty old sign that somehow stands for "Speed limit at 25kmph" standing somewhere in a corner next to a big banyan tree.
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                    • #11
                      i have a better idea. Govt should not spend anything on improving road conditions. The potholes will grow bigger and bigger. Soon the roads will disappear. Then the speed of vehicles will automatically come down.

                      Why spend on camera's and stuff and then waste time of people and govt/courts who are already short on time.

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                      • #12
                        rash driving and jailterm makes sense, but overspeeding? One can overspeed without being rash.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nithesh View Post
                          Whats the point?
                          The Rich and powerful will be able to pay that so called "hefty" fine and even avoid jail with their money power.
                          Its only the common man who will suffer when he would fail to notice a rusty old sign that somehow stands for "Speed limit at 25kmph" standing somewhere in a corner next to a big banyan tree.
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                          • #14
                            just think for a moment before writing ...

                            if a 100 CC splendour is going at ... say 80 kmph, it is at its limit in terms of handling and braking and is unsafe to go any faster.

                            on the other hand, think a CBR250 or Ninja 250 or any other higher capacity bikes (except bullet) .... for these bikes .. handling and braking at 80 kmph is without breaking a sweat, and the safe limit may be raised to ...say 120-130 kmph.

                            so the question is - what should be the safe speed limit ??
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                            • #15
                              I welcome this speed limit only if they start with minister's vehicles moving at city limit speed including the pilot vehicles; after all, we're all living in a Democratic country aren't we?
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