Cops to clamp down on street bike racers

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 05, 2017 04:17 PM IST

Chennai: City police commissioner A K Viswanathan today warned that the police department will get strict towards illegal bike racing on the roads.

In a bid to make the roads ‘citizen-friendly’, Viswanathan said the department will come down heavily on racing, especially juvenile racing.

Addressing mediapersons here, the Commissioner said the police will conduct meetings with schools to create awareness about the dangers involved in juvenile bike racing on the streets.

Malfunctioning traffic signals will also be repaired soon to help people adhere to traffic rules, the official said.

In another citizen-friendly initiative, the police department will allocate time to meet the public and hear their grievances. According to Viswanathan, police inspectors in every station will dedicate two sessions (11 am – 12.30 pm and 8 pm – 9 pm) to meet the public who reach the stations.

"The officials will ensure that they are available during these times. The inspectors will assure speedy redressal of the complaints," Viswanthan said.

Speaking about the increasing protests in the city, the Commissioner said the police department will soon identify new places to stage demonstrations.

"There are a few places in the city where people can protest. We will soon announce new venues for the public to stage demonstrations."

The official also said the department has formed teams under joint commissioners to curb petty crimes in the city. "Mobile snatching cases have gone up in the recent past. We will be more vigilant to keep such petty crimes at bay."

Viswanathan also spoke about the recent fire accident in Chennai Silks building at T Nagar. He said a case of accidental fire has been registered. "As soon as the tension relaxes near the accident spot, we will open the area for traffic," the official said.