Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) is setting an example for other agencies through its service-oriented policies and ensuring traffic discipline in the city.
This was said by Senior Superintendent of Traffic Police Dr Moeen Masood on Thursday while reviewing the ITP’s annual performance. Masood added that the ITP has worked hard to earn its corruption-free and people-friendly reputation. “The elimination of VIP culture and equal application of law are the operational codes of the ITP, now a model for other agencies as well”.
In 2011, ITP issued 549,328 traffic violation tickets which generated Rs100,385,700 in revenue. Masood added that ITP teams visit public and private organisations, trade and transport unions, universities, colleges and schools to inculcate road safety tips. Furthermore, special training workshops were also organised for the passenger service vehicles drivers in which drivers have been educated.
According to data, 38,232 motorists were fined for using mobile phones while driving, 62,054 motorcyclists for not wearing a helmet, 54,359 motorists for not using seatbelts, 5,291 for driving vehicles without licenses, 10,575 vehicles fined for having tinted glasses, 32,619 for violation of traffic lights, 23,421 for parking vehicles in no parking zones, 37,518 for careless driving, 9,288 vehicles fined for being driven without registration plates, 28,809 for neglecting the rights of others, 5,586 for driving vehicles without a permit, 17,580 for route violation, 5,091 for using pressure horns, 13,790 for taking illegal turns and 14,626 for lane violation.
Masood said that fine tickets were issued not as a punitive measure but to make citizens more law abiding and ensuring road safety. He added that ITP personnel will continue their efforts for ensuring a safe road environment in the capital and urged citizens to cooperate with to make the city accident-free.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 13th, 2012.
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