THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the number of ‘racers’ increasing in the city limits, the police are gearing up to meet the ‘speed addicts’ head-on.
City Police Commissioner H Venkatesh said that the police are planning to suspend the driving licences of those riders who are involved in racing in the city. “We are seriously monitoring such cases reported in the city. Whenever we get information about such motor racing inside the city, we take action against the culprits,” said the Commissioner. The police are planning to take more steps bring such incidents in control, he said.
“We are planning to take stringent action to eradicate, not to just suppress, these racers from the city,” said the Commissioner. He said that last week the City Police had nabbed a gang involved in racing from the Kowdiar- Vellayambalam route.
It was two years ago that the City Police initiated strong action against these amateur racers who posed a headache to the city residents after they caused several accidents.
The main route which became infamous for the racing was the Kowdiar-Vellayambalam road itself. Bikers even from outside the city were active in this area to take part in the bike-racing. These racing activities had resulted in many accidents in this area. According to the officials, several people had lost their lives too, owing to these racing.
Later, the police had placed surveillance cameras to trace out the ‘racers’ in the city limits. That forced the racers to opt out of this area from their favourite tracks list. But the interesting element is that these ‘lens boxes’ are now out of service.
Anyhow, these racers, under the banner of various ‘motor clubs’ are now again becoming active in the city limits.
Most of the riders are in the age group of 17 to 20. But the helmets, which are supposed to protect the riders from head injuries in accidents, are now helping them from the monitoring of police.
According to the City Police officials, night patrolling in the city area will also become more stringent to bring down the racing during night-time.