Motorists using mobiles while driving draw HC ire

PIL wants imposition of heavy fine on those who violate traffic rules.

Court seeks details of accidents

Taking note of the rise in accidents due to use of mobile phones while driving, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday raised a number of queries seeking a response from the State.

A Division Bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and S.S. Sundar sought details on the number of accidents in the State over the past 10 years and how many sustained injuries and died of them. The court also wanted to know why the authorities concerned were not suspending the driving licence of violators and sensitise motorists to bring about a behavioural change in them.

Why not initiate appropriate action against such violators under Rule 21(25) of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules read with Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, which prohibits use of mobile phones while driving. Why not confiscate mobile phones, if motorists use them while driving in violation of the provisions of law, the court asked. The court was hearing a public interest litigation petition filed by K.K. Ramesh of Madurai, who sought a direction to impose heavy fine on those who violate traffic rules. He also sought a direction to the State to cancel the licence of repeat offenders. The rules and regulations should be advertised for the benefit of the public, he said. The court has sought a response from the State in the case on February 25.


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