Stunt riding at public places, especially on the thoroughfares of Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills in the city, has been posing a major threat to road safety and it calls for serious attention from the law-enforcing agencies.
Many of the motorcyclists zipping at speeds between 100 and 160 km per hour are often booked and counselled by the department officers. But the menace is still assuming serious proportions
Motorcyclists racing on expensive sports bikes has become a common sight. Dangerous antics are demonstrated by fun-loving youngsters, some barely in their teens, in brazen violation of traffic rules. They enjoy revving up their vehicles along over-crowed roads with bumper-to-bumper traffic. Scores of such two- wheelers are out on the roads, more often after 11 pm as the rush thins down and the traffic cops begin to withdraw for the day.
It is a well-acknowledged fact that most of such offenders are from the well-to-do sections and influential in political and official circles and though dealing with them would amount to incurring the displeasure of the high and mighty, the traffic police have been doing a commendable job. Many of the motorcyclists zipping at speeds between 100 and 160 km per hour are often booked and counselled by the department officers.
But the menace is still assuming serious proportions. Although the permissible speed for two-wheelers on most thoroughfares is only 80 kmph, it is seldom adhered to. As the offenders have been able to get away with their traffic offences by paying paltry sums as penalties, they are not serious about the speed limits in place. The city police have acted against over 14,000 motorists involved in traffic offences during the past three months.
The traffic police need to introduce an effective system wherein repeat offenders would lose their driving licences automatically. The traffic police must rise to the occasion and initiate measures to ensure that motorcycle racing would not take heavy toll on city roads. It has been the single largest source of fatalities in the city and elsewhere in the districts.