Thursday , February 21 2019

Guntur: Parents to be booked for allowing their minor children to drive

Minor children driving vehicles without a valid license in Guntur.

Parents to be booked for allowing their minor children to drive
Minor boys seen riding motorcycles on the main roads of Guntur. A new rule to be implemented in Guntur by the traffic police to file cases on parents if a minor is caught riding a motorcycle.

GUNTUR: Cases will be filed against the parents for allowing their minor children to drive without a valid license. Minors operating vehicles has become a menace to the general public, as they drive rashly and often accommodate multiple pillion-riders on their bikes. The police department had previously been counseling the parents of minors caught driving, but mere counseling proved to be futile. Now the Guntur police have decided to file cases against the parents of minors breaking traffic rules.

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The inner ring road of Guntur city has turned into a race track for minor students. Youths take to the road on holidays and on the weekends, creating fear among the locals. Young boys racing swanky foreign-made bikes with 200 cc to 750 cc engines can be spotted on the Vijayawada-Chennai national highway, and the locals of Mangalagiri have staged to protest demanding that these bike races be stopped. Such races also take place along the service road between the Kaza tollgate and Varadhi, and also between Guntur and Chilakaluripeta. As a result, Yadlapadu, on the Vijayawada-Chennai NH, has become accident-prone.

Mohan Rao, a resident of the area, said that bike races had become very common in this area, but that no action was being taken against those driving without any license. He said that unlicensed minors hit autorickshaws and other bikes during their races, but are able to make away speedily, so much so that they disappear from the spot before anyone has the chance to note a bike number.

Welcoming the decision of the police department to register the cases against the parents, locals blamed the leniency of parents for these incidents and required that special drives be conducted, to curb minor motorists. K. Srinivasulu, DSP (Traffic), said that police would register cases against parents and any other persons who allow the minor children, or anyone without a license, to drive their bikes or cars. He appealed to people to cooperate with the police in this matter, for a safety of the public.

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