Law-enforcers and law-makers, or law-breakers?

The following figures were reported for traffic violations in Pune from January 01, 2014:
Cases registered:
Helmet violations: 22,140
Seat belt violations: 70,989
Signal jumping: 1,24,995
Riding triple seat: 11,364
Total number of traffic violation cases: 6,84,692
Total fine collected: Rs. 7.67crore

From these figures, it appears the Pune traffic police are sincerely trying to ensure that the citizens of Pune follow traffic rules.

However, Mid-Day, which reported the above figures, also reported that, on November 11, 2014, around 300 police officials were seen visiting the Commissionerate on Pune Station Road without wearing helmets (on two-wheelers) or seat belts (on four-wheelers) that the traffic police has deemed mandatory for all. However, the traffic cops did not fine them, but simply denied their vehicles entry inside the premises.

The Mid-Day report adds that, once the news of this ‘action’ became known to other police officials, several had found a way to bend the rules. Those who had helmets were made to wear them as they turned up at the Commissionerate gate. Officials who did not have their own helmets simply borrowed helmets from others just to pass the traffic cops. In fact, some of the policemen kept a few common helmets at the gate itself, which were then recycled amongst all those who needed to enter the Commissionerate. The helmets were immediately removed once they were inside, and promptly sent back to be used by other cops.

What about our law-makers? The Times of India reports that Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways rode his two-wheeler in Nagpur without wearing a helmet on October 25, 2014. The report adds, “This is not the first time Gadkari was seen driving helmetless. After winning the Lok Sabha elections, he was driving ‘triple seat’ and recently a TOI reader shared a photo of him, his wife Kanchan and granddaughter on a scooter coming out of an ice-cream parlour.”

How can laws be implemented when our law-makers and law-enforcers are law-breakers themselves?

Don’t we see this in our homes and workplaces as well? Parents expect their children to follow certain dos and don’ts that they themselves do not follow. Teachers have one set of rules for their students and another set of rules for themselves. Bosses expect their juniors to follow rules that they themselves break with impunity.

Isn’t each one of us guilty to some extent?

Where and with whom should the change begin?

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8 thoughts on “Law-enforcers and law-makers, or law-breakers?

  1. I am sure you will not be surprised if told that when the Helmet required for all two wheel riders rule was passed a couple of years back by the Maharashtra State Govt. a massive big protest rally lead by no other than the local MLAs/ Corporators & Zilla Parishad members ALL FROM THE SAME PARTY THAT PASSED THIS RULE was taken out in KOLHAPUR.

    It was a free for all with literarily thousands of two wheelers going triple seats riding down the main roads. Also followed by a stupid demonstration of helmets being crushed under truck & car wheels to show that they are “useless”. Height of stupidity.

    Even to this date nobody uses helmets there. Sooo much for rules!!!!!!!!!

  2. I think the change should first come from within..
    I should first realize how harmful traffic violations can be.. and if each person followed rules.. we would be ok.
    And of course – the netas, top businessmen, police officers should also follow the law.. else its useless…
    the so-called important people always seem to be above any law which is harmful.

  3. When the people enforcing the law take it lightly, how can they expect the public to be serious about the law?I think making people aware of the traffic rules and following them is very important. Every now and then we hear of accidents.

    Few months back my husband met with an accident. A teenage boy hit him. The sad part is that he didn’t have the common sense to take him to the hospital even. It was the other people who helped him to get an auto even. He lost couple of months because of the injury. The boy was driving a very expensive bike. I think more than the boy, it is the parents to be blamed.It is the fault of silly and immature parents who give in to the demands of their kids who ask for costly bikes but doesn’t make them aware of following the rules.

    Yes we all should start following the rules.And sorry for the lengthier comment.

  4. The change has to be from within first. But sometimes we pay for the sins of rule breakers when it is not our fault at all. Hence, campaigns to build awareness about why a certain law is important are essential as well.

  5. Each one of us has to show ownership for the rules, whether at home or at work or at a public place. The rules cannot be different for different people.
    On a different note and totally unrelated to the seriousness of this post… Nitin Gadkari drives a 2-wheeler at his home town, that’s amazing! 🙂

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