Crackdown against misuse of red beacon lights in J-K

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Beacon red light on a government vehicle
Jammu, Feb 3: In a drive against massive misuse of red beacon-cum-flasher lights in the state, the Jammu and Kashmir traffic police has registered 60 cases against the violators.

"We have launched a drive against the misuse of Red Flasher Lights on government vehicles and registered 60 cases besides removing 15 such unauthorised lights from vehicles," traffic police chief Himant Lohia said.

The team comprising a mobile magistrate conducted the drive during past 3 to 4 days and it will be continued further, Lohia said, adding that drivers of several VIPs were also booked in this connection.

A large number of officials, including those of the ranks of IGs, DIGs, SSPs, SPs, DSPs Commission Secretaries, Special Secretaries, Directors, Additional Secretaries, Head of departments and Vice-Chancellors of Universities are reported to have been violating the norms rampantly.

Family members of VIPs were also learnt to have been using their beaconed vehicles in their absence. As per norms, dignitaries and officials of the rank of the Governor, Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, cabinet ministers, Speaker of Legislative Assembly, Chairman of Legislative Council, Chief Justice of J-K High Court and few other VIPs are authorised for the use of Red Flasher Light.

PTI

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