Following the death of three people on ECR road on March 8 in an accident, Chennai city police has increased their vigilance and have found 500 underage drivers on motorcycles in the city, reported The Times of India.
The Chennai police have warned the drivers and let them off. Police have been conducting vigilance checks and are checking riders for their documents. A senior police officer told The Times of India that 75% of the riders they caught did not have proper driving licenses.
Moreover, Chennai city police commissioner had asked the officers not to harass the drivers but to get an undertaking from them. Police officers called the parents of the youngsters, warned them and let them go.
The riders who were caught were made to write, “I will not ride bike without obtaining proper document”. Police officers said that many of the parents of the youngsters did not even know that their children were riding motorcycles.
On March 8, two people were killed after two motorcycles collided near Chennai’s VGP Golden Beach Resort on ECR road on Wednesday. The CCTV footages captured a two-wheeler cutting across the road, only to be hit by another motorcycle, which then went under the wheels of a TNSTC bus. Both the two-wheelers were riding on the wrong side of the road.
Chennai’s East Coast Road has in the past gained a notorious reputation of being a killer highway with vehicles often exceeding the speed limit. In February, three people died in two different accidents. A biker died and his pillion rider were seriously injured after the two-wheeler rammed into an TNSTC bus near Mamallapuram. The deceased, Srivatsa Srinivasan, (27), a resident of Villivakkam, was racing with another motorcycle when the accident happened. In the second accident, two motorcycle riders died after their motorcycle collided into a state-run bus coming from Chidambaram to Chennai. The deceased were Ashok, (25) and A Deena, (25), reported The Times of India.