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During the British days there used to be no traffic drives. This is because traffic rules were strictly enforced by the police every day round the clock, round the week, round the month and round the year. No violator of traffic rules could escape police action, A cyclist could not move an inch forward without being nabbed if he was not carrying light.

During wartime, in addition to police, the Military Police (then known as MPs) used to be patrolling the roads too—on cycles. The late Dr S.K.Mukherjee , famous private medical practitioner of Allahabad (who passed away in 1973) told me that once he and a friend were riding bicycles on Canning Road (now MG Marg)without lights. An MP whistled, asking them to stop. They did not and started cycling faster. The MPs gave them a chase and finally overtook them near the Cathedral. When they found that they were students, the MPs let them off with a warning: ‘Don’t do it again’. There is another case. Senior citizen Nasar Hashmat during his school days had gone to civil lines in the afternoon but got delayed. It was dusk already. He did not have the cycle lamp. The traffic police nabbed him. He was son of the then SDM, Khan Bahadur Hashmat Ali. The cops produced the guilty boy before the SDM who in his official capacity imposed the fine on him but as father paid the penalty.
Can we expect that today? If a police man stops a driver for violating traffic rules and does not show him mercy even on learning that he is son of a top political functionary then the very next day he is transferred! Now tell me, can such traffic drives succeed if big defaulters are not touched? That is why I have stated that traffic drives are an annual farce. Unless the cops are disciplined, unless politicians are totally and strictly prevented from using their influence to have a defaulter released, how can any traffic drive succeed?

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