Mangaluru: Seat belt rule - Over 4,000 cases of violation since March

Deekshith D V
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Jul 15: The traffic department has been enforcing the seat belt rule strictly, but despite its strenuous efforts, there are several four-wheeler drivers violating the law. The Motor Vehicle Act makes seat belt usage compulsory and violation attracts a fine of Rs 100.

It is no secret that quite a few drivers put on the seat belt only when they see the traffic cops. In an attempt to crack down on this violators, the traffic department has also installed CCTV cameras to pinpoint such cases.

As per the data available with the traffic department, from March 20, 2015, when the rule began to be strictly enforced, a total of 449 cases were registered in that month alone, with fines amounting to Rs 44,900.

In the month of April, 1,236 cases were registered which netted fines amounting to Rs 1,23,600. In May, 1,145 cases of violation were registered with fines amounting to Rs 1,14,500 and in June, 1,337 cases were registered with Rs 1,33,700 collected as fines.

Altogether, 4,167 cases of violation have been registered until June end, with a total fine of Rs 4,16,700.

The traffic department is now said to be registering cases of violation through the CCTV footage placed at various strategic points.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Udaya Nayak, ACP (traffic) said that number of registered cases has increased as the compulsory seat belt rule is being strictly enforced throughout the city.

Speaking to Daijiworld, John Pais, a resident of Pandeshwar, said, "Wearing of the seat belt should be made compulsory. What is the point in having a law which is not implemented? I have witnessed many of the drivers not wearing a seat belts at all. Why else do they have seat belts in cars and why does the law say that seat belts should be worn? People are not serious and do not realize the importance of the seat belt."

Shrikant, a resident of the city, felt that people are not aware about the law and hence it is being violated.

Ridiculing the system of compulsory seat belt, Nagaraj (name changed) said, "It is not necessary in the city since the heavy traffic makes it impossible to go above 30 km per hour."

Shrinivas, an elderly citizen, said, "Seat belts are safe since they can prevent injuries during an accident. In different types of research, it has been found that many passengers’ lives were saved as they were wearing seat belts during accidents. Even though there is a rule, many people only wear the seat belt when they see police personnel."

NRIs from this region who make short visits to their hometown have been bemused by the seat belt rule due to lack of awareness. A law-abiding Dubai-based NRI, told daijiworld that when he had recently visited Mangaluru, he was stopped by the traffic cop and asked to pay the fine for not wearing seat belt. He paid it, but at the time said that he was not aware of the rule being enforced in Mangaluru. 

Though both passenger and driver are supposed to put on the seat belts, the traffic department is presently penalizing only the drivers for violating the rule.


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  • n shetty, surathkal

    Thu, Jul 16 2015

    rs 100/- may be peanuts but please see the reaction of the Driver fined !!

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  • shan k, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 16 2015

    first do properly the roads and sign boards,then bring all this US rules.

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  • m.hussain, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 16 2015

    Seat belt for rickshaw drivers and city and service bus drivers !!! will they have sense in wearing?

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  • Jayarama Acharya, Kaup

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    It applies throughout India. Don't discontinue for enforcement in Mangalore. It should be enforced in Udupi district also. Tobacco Abhinayan started at Udpupi and last but least started at DK district but now in Udupi checking tobacco consuming is little bit hindered, not in strict force again started throught panwala shops.

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  • B.E. Thottful, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Imagine hitting a wall at 30 Kmph. Hmmmmm. No. Nothing will happen. My head is stronger. I'm sure.

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Today's world 100 rupees is peanut please make minimum 1000 rupees then see the result

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    Thu, Jul 16 2015

    1000 rupees ..oops..Every one will apply to become a traffic police.The reason is simple...

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  • Geebee, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    The no of accidents will definately reduce if the traffic rules are folllowed strictly.wearing seat belt even in city limit helps. Traffic police should also penalise who go against in one way road, using harsh horns especcially the city busses.also in mangalore we can see many people knowingly or unknowingly dont allow the other vehicles to overtake them. even some one is driving slow...he or she still wants to drive on the extreme right side.two wheelers straightaway enters the main roads. We also have to take the ownership to use the corrective steps.cannot only blame the system.

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  • Anilkumar, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    These traffic police don't have their priorities in proper place. Instead of making arrangements for smooth traffic flow, they are showing more concern about seat belts. Can anyone pinpoint a single road stretch which can allow traffic speed above 30 kms? Why do you need seat belts when the max speed is never even 25Kms in city area?
    Let the cops spend their energy in disciplining the traffic, avoiding jams, solving the two wheeler and auto rickshaw menace, preventing critical violations like turning from wrong lanes, cutting across the main roads without any stopping, etc.
    If they don't act now, the city will be totally unmanageable.

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  • Jeevan, Angelore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Why there is no seat belts to Auto rickshaws, Buses, Trucks drivers. The speed of these vehicles is same as other four wheelers. We have traffic lights without any sense at bendurwell junction. The busstop and traffic light is at same place. Even in thirdworld countries also such system is not there. We have qulified people without proper thinking power.

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  • Ravi B Shenava, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Why there are no rules about reducing glare of head-lights ? Very few use dim-dip lights to facilitate vehicles coming from opposite side.
    Actually many accidents of two wheelers take place after sun set because of blinding head-lights of big vehicles coming from opposite direction.
    Not using seat belt or helmet will kill the offender himself if there is an accident. But strong blinding head lights kill the innocent rider coming from other side and the offender gets away safely without punishment.

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  • ashraf, mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    gavn mein chor gunde rapists khule aam ghum rahe hai..par hamari police system helmet aur seat belt ke pich pade hai..

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  • Ranjith, udupi

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Why no seat belt for driver or passengers of auto-rickshaw? Auto rickshaws are highly unstable and prone to toppling if hit from behind!

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Whatever adverse comments that may appear in the media, ITS IS VERY ESSENTIAL THAT SEAT BELTS ARE WORN. Lives can be saved this way. I feel strongly that the driver and the front passenger should wear seat belts more so because the driver always is cautious as he has to ensure that he drives properly and that his life is protected but the front passenger is not likely to be aware of the danger and in the case of sudden braking he is bound to hit the wind-shield.

    I have been driving in many countries and more so in North America. The seat belt rule is strictly enforced in every state and the fine for not wearing the seat belts is $.150/- equivalent to over Rs.8,000/-.

    Traffic rules are framed for the safety of passengers and in the fitness of things, these rules should be observed by all means.

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  • Denis, B'lore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Appreciate police initiative on this issue.

    Meantime, Can the police start levying penalty for all those vehicles parked on concrete roads meant for "moving vehicles" ? Fines only remind them not to repeat that mistake again. Government has spent crores of tax payer money in making concrete roads for smooth vehicular movement. What is the use if it is misused for parking ?

    Can officials work on this to smoothen traffic flow on our choked roads ?

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    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Seat belt is not necessary within city limits.

    Police are not at all booking over-speeding city buses and auto rickshaws and also use of mobile while driving.

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  • Geetha, nangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Good collection. First see our roads and traffic.

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  • Ashok Fernandes, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    This is just another money making racket by the Traffic Cops. We can say 'day light robbery'. Seat belts within city limits is not necessary for a city like Mangalore where it is just impossible to speed unless the driver is a bit rash. Why are these cops only after 4 wheelers? What about people plying on auto rickshaws which do not even have a closed door. How safe is the driver or the passengers without seat belts on these auto rickshaws? In my opinion, seat belts are required and should be made compulsory for 4 wheelers only on highways. Let these traffic cops concentrate only on drivers using cell phones while driving instead of monitoring and catching people on cameras and collecting revenue through fines for not wearing seat belts.

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  • Anna, Mnagalore/mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    If cops in Mangalore fine drivers speaking in mobile they can collect Rs.41000 every Minute....!!!!

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  • Ashok Shetty, shirva

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Traffic department please look on to buses and trucks also. Most of the trucks don't have mirrors brake lights indicators this also very dangerous.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Drunken driving & Over speeding should be curbed ...

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  • stan, dubai

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    If everyone follows traffic rules than it is good for everyone....Seat Belt, Helmet, signal, Indicators etc. But if Police follows first. If anyone caught than they want money without receipt??????

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  • FAB, AUD

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Car de Belt boka bike de Helmet paadre nachige. But both saves life.

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  • Don, blore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Traffic police/Govt is not concerned of people's life. Seat belt is a reason for them to mint pocket money! If these authorities are so much concerned of people's life then let them come up with sophisticated roads and other infrastructure. More number of people lose their life due to bad roads in our country.

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  • P. Shirish Kumar Hosabettu, Muscat, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Mr.Don, for the Bad road you are blaming Traffic department??

    Apne aap ko Don kehte ho, akal be kabhi use karo.

    Neglecting Traffic rules is an offense.

    Secondly, due to negligence of Traffic rules , maximum accident happens.

    Ofcourse, if you want to blame Traffic department, there are many other genuine reasons are there.

    There is no control over the drivers who misuse the fast track by not allowing the back side vehicle to over take.

    Heavy vehicles are driving on fast track by blocking other light vehicles.

    Heavy vehicles using harsh vacuum horns.

    Over speeding.

    Parking on main roads.

    Over taking on wrong sides.

    During night driving with straight beam light on which disturbs the opposite vehicles.

    Zigzag driving.

    Tippers carry full load of sand & soils with out covering it.

    Poor condition of the vehicle.

    Not clearly visible of number plates.

    Two wheeler riding with excess passengers.

    City Buses overloading passengers.


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  • VM, Udupi

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Kumar, Don ko samjaana mushkil hi nahi na mumkheen hai.

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  • Francis, Dubai

    Wed, Jul 15 2015


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  • gm, mlur

    Wed, Jul 15 2015

    Any action taken against those registered cases?

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