Reckless driving: Forces all set to counter one-wheeling

Dolphin squad will roam around major roads to control rash driving

Our Correspondent June 26, 2017
Dolphin squad will roam around major roads to control rash driving. Photo: file

LAHORE: Young ones are set for one-wheeling and racing during Eid while the police have made claims to control it at all costs.

Last year, over 24 people died and 1200 injured in road accidents during Eid. One of the major causes of these accidents was reckless driving by motorcyclist, said then director general Rescue 1122 Arshad Zia.

This year, the youth have again set plans to reign on the roads in celebration of Eid. Most of them have customized and altered their vehicles for one wheeling and racing.

On the other hand, Lahore Police, City Traffic Police, Rescue 1122 and Hospitals have made preparations to deal with the issue.

CCPO Amin Wains has conducted two meetings with senior command of Lahore Police before Eid and made plans to counter crime, law and order, one-wheeling and rash driving on the occasion. He also conducted meeting with parents of the arrested one-wheelers on Sunday night and asked them to cooperate with police in discouraging one-wheeling.

City Traffic Police have constituted a special squad to counter one-wheeling. The squad in collaboration with Dolphin Squad would roam around major roads of the city and control rash driving and one-wheeling, said its representative. They would also set camps at different points of Lahore to educate people on the issue, he said.

Emergency Services have made special arrangements to deal with the issue. District Emergency Officer Rescue 1122 Ahmad Raza said that he has made extra deployments, assigned special duties and restricted leaves during the holidays. He said that rescues vehicles would be placed at major chowks of the city for emergency use.

Hospitals have also made special arrangements to deal with the issue. Dr Khuda Baksh of Mayo Hospital said, “Many lives can be saved and accidents can be prevented just by a strong hold from the police.” Special duty rosters have been made and surgeons would be on duty all the time to deal with the issue, Baksh added.

He said that the similar arrangements have been made in major hospitals of the city. He appealed that parents should take care of their children and stop them from getting involved in such activities.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2017.


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