As they say the law is the same for all. Be it a civilian, a policeman, an army official or anyone for that matter, the law doesn’t discriminate. With the implementation of Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 in Assam from September 23rd, 2019, many cases have been recorded where people and police personnel were fined for rash driving and not following traffic rules.
Two such incidents were recorded on September 27th, 2019 in Nalbari and Dhubri districts in Assam where police personnel were fined for driving dangerously and not following traffic rules.
In Nalbari, traffic constable Jatin Das and home guard Arup Sarma were fined by traffic police for driving dangerously on the National Highway on the wrong side. “Law is same for everyone in our eyes. We will not spare anyone doing wrong. Life is precious. Drive safe. Obey the law,” Nalbari Police tweeted.
The tweet received mass appreciation as many applauded this move by Nalbari traffic police.
Meanwhile, the Dhubri Police keeping up with its trend of playing uber-cool on social media, tweaked the punchline of the famous ‘Fogg scent’ advertisement and wrote on Facebook, “Dhubri Traffic Mei Ab Kya Chal Raha Hai??? Fog Nai Chal Raha Hai!! Civilians not following traffic rules ko Awareness & Men in uniform not following traffic rules ko fine.”
Dhubri Police have also come up with a hashtag #RoadTohKisiPoliceWaleKeBaapKaBhiNaiHai, taking a cue from the advertisement on road safety by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways where Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar is seen spreading awareness on road safety and traffic rules by saying that Yeh road kisi ke baap ka nahi hain (This road is not your father’s).
It may be mentioned that the MV Act approved by President Ram Nath Kovind in August this year, aims at stricter punishment for violating traffic regulations to bring down road accidents and improve the country’s road safety record.
The MV Amendment Act came into force on September 1st, 2019. However, the common man protested against the new traffic fines since day one. Complaining that the quantum of the penalties is excessive, commercial vehicle owners and drivers even also went on a nationwide strike on September 19th, 2019.
Photo credit: @nalbari_police