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I crossed the stop line seeing green signal. But traffic in front of me was not moving and I got penalized.

Even if signal is green you should not enter the junction unless the tail of the traffic in front of you is moving. Otherwise you will create gridlock and block cross traffic too.

I crossed stop line before the signal turning red, while it was still yellow. But I could not clear the junction due to congestion ahead. Why was I fined for signal jumping?

Yellow signal is provided only for those vehicles which have already crossed stop line to clear the junction. You are not expected to enter the junction when the green light has already changed to yellow.

Why are junctions painted cris-cross in the center?

Cris-Cross marking indicates “no standing”. Unless one is sure of clearing the junction, he should not enter the junction even if the signal light is green, because it will block the cross traffic and lead to grid-lock.

I don’t see speed limit boards in the city?

As per notification, speed limit in entire city corporation limit is 50 kmph for LMV and 40 kmph for HMV. It is not possible to put boards all over 4000 km road length in city. Only where we have lower permissible speed like flyovers/narrow stretches / bends or higher permissible limits (Devanahalli road, Mysore Road and Ring Roadsetc) these boards are put. This is the practice world over.

I got fined for parking violation. But board was at least 20 m away from where I parked?

It is not possible to put one board for each vehicle. “No parking” is notified by gazette notifications and then boards are erected. Each board indicates that roughly 50 m each side of boards is no-parking area. That is why boards are put 100 m apart.

Why do traffic police switch off the lights during peak hours?

Actually it is not a good practice but is in-evitable due to inadequate capacity of junctions. There are the situation when road is not able to take the entire volume of traffic and tail of traffic ahead does not get cleared even till next green phase. Now if the lights are not switched off, vehicles will block the junction and make it impossible for even cross traffic to move thus creating a grid-lock. It is lose-lose situation for all. At this juncture policemen take over the signal and regulate it according to clearance and relative volume. However, this practice is largely reduced and will disappear soon due to increased capacity of roads and junctions. Switching off also becomes inevitable during acts of nature like water logging, cracks in road and man-made situations like strikes, rasta-rokho and VIP movement, when one or more roads become unavailable for traffic. In all such situations mannual operations are resorted to. This practice is, however not encouraged.

Among traffic officers, who is authorized to give a spot fine notice?

Traffic officers of and above the rank of assistant sub-inspector are authorised to give away traffic violation challans or notices, which are for spot fines. Officers of the rank of ASI (one-star), sub-inspector (two-star), inspector (three-star) are authorised to collect spot fines. Any officer below the rank of ASI, which comprises constables and head constables, can only note down the nature of violation and vehicle number, and submit the information to the traffic enforcement automation centre. Notices will then be issued from the centre. The violator will have to pay the fine at the jurisdictional police station, the nearest Bengaluru One centre or the Bengaluru traffic police website. Traffic constables are not authorised to collect money as they do not carry receipt books. The motorist may lodge a complaint if any officer below the rank of ASI collects money from him.

I don't want to pay spot fine. What is the other option?

If a violation refuses or does not want to pay a spot fine, he would be required to surrender his original driving licence - for which the officer concerned would give an acknowledgement. He can walk into the police station within a week pay the fine and get the DL back or the case will go to court, and the offender will have to go by the decision taken by it. In the absence of an original driving licence, the person will have to leave the vehicle with the police. If the motorist fails to appear in court, a warrant will be issued and he will have to face arrest or stiffer penalties.

What are the documents one must carry while driving a vehicle?

A motorist has to carry the original driving licence and insurance certificate. Photocopies of documents won't be valid during police inspection after a violation has been committed. However, if a motorist doesn't want to carry his originals with him all the time, he can obtain a master pass from the nearest RTO. It can be obtained through the production of the certificate of registration, taxation card, insurance and driving licence. Once you have the master card, there is no need to carry other documents.

When can a motorist be charged with drunk driving? What is the procedure for paying the fine?

A motorist caught driving under the influence of liquor beyond permissible limit is liable to be charged with the offence of drunken driving. Legal permissible limit is 30mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.  Traffic police uses state of art alco-meters (breath analyzers) accepted worldwide to measure the level of alcohol in blood. This is scientifically and legally accepted method all over the world. Our instruments are calibrated once in three months with a probable error of +(-) 5%. Therefore, we do not panelize anyone below 40mg per 100ml of blood even though legal limit is only 30. Anyone driving with alcohol level below a reading of 40 is not, repeat not, liable for prosecution.

However, everyone need not be subjected to measurement.  Merely, by bringing the instruments close to mouth and asking name of the person indicates preliminary result whether the person has consumed alcohol are not. If the result is negative, no measurement is required and person is allowed to go. If the result is positive, measurement is done using the disposable straw and reading printed using connected printers. Subsequently, the blackberry generated police notice is given to the motorists.  No one can be prosecuted without a computerized print out indicating reading and a blackberry print out of mentioning that reading.

However, there is no spot there are no spot for drunk driving.  No police officer is allowed to collect spot fines for this offence. The person will be given a notice, will be sent to the court and the offender will have to pay a fine there. The punishment for drunk driving is six month’s imprisonment or payment of a fine up to Rs.2,000/- or both. If the offender is caught committing the offence a second time, he will have to face imprisonment of two years or a fine up to Rs.3,000 or both.  After being issued a notice, the motorist will not be allowed to drive.  He will have to leave his vehicle behind and take a cab home or call a friend or relative to drive him home. In case he wants to take the vehicle using the another person who is not drunk but is free to do so after leaving his original driving license and RC book under acknowledgement with the police officer.  Very often, motorists try to avoid legal proceedings by bribing the police officers concerned.  However, the best thing to do in such circumstances is to follow the proper procedures and not resort to corruption.  Moreover, if a person continues to drive under the influence of alcohol and gets involved in a fatal accident, he will be booked for culpable homicide – which is a non-bailable offence.

How do I know how much can I drink to remain within permissible limit?

There is no hard and fast rule as it depends on the body constitution, gender, whether; liquor is taken on empty stomach or with the food or the duration over which liquor the consumed. Generally one bottle of beer / 30ml Whisky / Rum will keep the person below the permissible limit of 30 units. However, our metabolison burns about 10 units in an hour. And therefore, larger quantity consumed over longer duration will still keep the person within permissible limits. However, these measures are indicative in nature.

How do I know that the straw is not being re-used?

We have strict instructions to use disposable straw. You can insist on fresh straw to be taken out infront of you and destroy the straw after you have used it. One is also free to carry his own straw.

Can motorists use mobile phones while driving?

Motorists cannot use mobile phones while driving vehicles, and that includes two-wheelers. There are no exceptions to this rule, not even doctors. If it's an emergency, the driver can park the vehicle on the side of the road and take the call.

When people are involved in an accident, or are witness to one, what should they do?

If a motorist has caused the accident, he should arrange for medical aid and inform the police immediately. If a person is witness to an accident, he should help the victim and note down the details of the accused person before informing the police. Witnesses should not torch vehicles or indulge in anti-social activities. The public should be pro-active, not destructive.
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