Hyderabad: Parents of teenagers, especially of those below 18 years, might have to go behind bars if they allow their wards to drive two-wheelers or four-wheelers in the city.
With the City Police now tightening its grip on those flouting traffic rules and cracking down on under-aged drivers, 26 parents were imprisoned during March and April this year. The crackdown came on the heels of an increase in the number of those aged below 18, and without driving licences roaming on the city roads on two-wheelers and four-wheelers. There were several such under-aged drivers who were caught driving without helmets making the case more worst.
The increase in the number of such violations has been such that, the Hyderabad City Police, in just four months this year, have registered 1,343 cases against under-aged drivers. According to officials, in the last two and a half years, over 7,500 cases of minors driving were booked. In 2017, the number was 3,651 while in 2016, it was 2,755.
Data with Hyderabad Traffic Police shows that challans worth Rs 7.23 lakh were issued in 2016, while the sum went up to Rs 11,78 lakh in 2017, a jump of Rs 4.54 lakh. This year, till April, over Rs 2 lakh was generated from this category alone.
According to senior police officials, parents were booked for abetment and convicted so that they would not allow their children to drive without licences.
Anil Kumar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said efforts were on to prevent minors from driving by counselling their parents. “If a minor rides a vehicle, it not only causes danger to him/ her but also to other motorists. In the span of two months from March to April, 26 parents were imprisoned”, Kumar said.
Kumar went on to say that they would produce minors before the Juvenile Justice Board for riding a vehicle while the parents would be produced before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court. Police officials were also educating school children on traffic rules and encouraging them to follow the law. Apart from this, public awareness programmes, involving parents and children, were also being conducted at regular intervals.