After Death of Pregnant Woman, Do’s and Don’t’s Issued for Traffic Cops

The commissioner of police issued a directive of do's and don'ts to the cops, to be followed during vehicle inspection. Representative image only. Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.

The traffic cops have been issued directives following an unfortunate incident.

A lot of us have moments of indiscretions which we immediately regret, either at work or in our lives. However, if your job involves maintaining law and order, a wrong move can be disastrous!

In Trichy, a couple, Usha and Raja, were riding along, on the road when they were flagged down by a traffic cop, as Raja wasn’t wearing a helmet.

Helmet-less offenders are aplenty on Indian roads, and many try to dodge cops who flag them down. So did Raja, and the enraged traffic inspector chased the motorbike and kicked it. The bike fell, with Raja and Usha suffering severe injuries. While Raja was rushed to the Trichy Government hospital, 3-month pregnant Usha died on the spot.

The incident didn’t go down well with residents who staged roadblocks, protesting against the brutal act of the cop, who claimed the life of a pregnant woman.

The death of a pregnant woman sparked protests, leading the top traffic cops to issue a directive. Representative image only. Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.
The death of a pregnant woman sparked protests, leading the top traffic cops to issue a directive. Representative image only. Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.

Well, this incident seems to have prompted the police top brass into action. An advisory, consisting of 10-point do’s and don’ts was circulated, by P Nagarajan, the Tirupur City Police Commissioner, for his subordinates to follow during vehicular inspections.

The circular states that the cops shouldn’t develop ego issues over motorists who don’t stop their vehicles if flagged down. Instead, they should note down the registration particulars of the vehicle, and communicate the same to higher officials for further action.

The circular outlines the methods the cops should follow. It directs them not to stand in the centre of the road or in a secluded spot, during vehicle inspection. The constables shouldn’t involve themselves in vehicle inspections unless accompanied by sub-inspector rank policemen. The officials should also make sure the Tamil Nadu Special Policemen personnel, deployed in police station duties, are under their control.

Additionally, the circular also directs cops not to intercept vehicles driven by women, and only stop vehicles driven by men in the 18-30 age group. The circular directs police personnel to record videos if motorists quarrel with them, for evidence so higher officials can take action.

Minor offences by motorists fall under road traffic rules violations, and not criminal activities, according to the commissioner, which is why the cops should follow the ten directives when it comes to dealing with vehicles.

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These best practices should streamline the policing process, and prevent stray incidents of rage. On the one hand it is the cops, standing in the sun the whole day, trying to maintain law and order, and on the other hand, it is motorists who disregard rules. Following basic safety rules, on the part of the motorists, and following the 10-point directive, on the cop’s part, should smooth things out!

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