A few days ago, videos from several colleges in Kerala became viral. The videos show students driving vehicles rashly and dangerously to celebrate Fine Arts Day. Providence Womens’ College has punished students a three-hour-long awareness class.
RTO PR Sumesh arranged the punishment class for the students. The class was held at the Chevayur test ground in Kerala. About 30 vehicles were spotted driving rashly a few days ago. The police stepped in after the videos of the incident became viral on social media.
The principal of the college handed over the vehicle numbers and names of the students to the RTO. Based on the video, the Motor Vehicles Department sent notices to the students and asked them to attend the class on Wednesday. The officials also imposed a fine of Rs 500 on the girls who were spotted riding the scooters and motorcycles without a helmet.
Accident recorded on video
Videos of similar stunts became viral from another college in Kerala earlier this week. The incident from Malabar Christian College shows a number of students performing stunts inside the college campus. The students did the stunts during a farewell party for the higher secondary students.
The video shows a Skoda Octavia hitting a Royal Enfield Himalayan on video. The incident happened while the students were performing stunts on the open ground.
While no one got seriously injured in the accident, the authorities decided to take strict actions against all the students involved in the stunting event.
Community service and awareness classes are common
In many states, awareness classes are mandatory if a motorist violates a traffic rule. In cities like Gurugram, Haryana, there is a mandatory 2 hour video awareness class that everyone has to take for serious offences like drunk driving and accidents.
Another way that the authorities use to punish traffic violators is to make them do community service. In community service, the authorities can make the violators do any job from cleaning the road to managing traffic for a day or more depending on the seriousness of the violation.
Most metropolitan cities now have a network of CCTV that is closely monitored by a team of police personnel. The police can issue challan based on the violation by tracking the registration number. However, many online challans are wrong due to faulty number plates. Wrong challans can be challenged through the redressal portal of the traffic police. In recent times, the government and the authorities have worked to increase the challan amount. The increase in the fines is to reduce the number of violations and to make the roads safer.
India has one of the highest road accidents in the world and one of the highest ratios of fatal accidents. Many road users lose their lives due to rash driving and not following traffic rules. The aim of the surveillance is to reduce the number of people who do dangerous manoeuvres on the roads. The police have even started a crackdown on vehicles that do not have rearview mirrors or do not use them. In Hyderabad, the cops have started issuing challans to two-wheeler owners who do not have mirrors installed. The cops of other cities are expected to implement the same in the near future.