Traffic cop forced to give himself a ticket after boss spots him breaking road rules 

By Kumar Vikram


Enforcer: Delhi joint commissioner (Traffic) Satyendra Garg

Enforcer: Delhi joint commissioner (Traffic) Satyendra Garg

The police and politicians often turn out to be the biggest violators of traffic rules.

And when caught, they tend to throw their weight around and escape getting hauled up for their indiscretion.

But recently, an assistant commissioner of police (traffic) was forced to issue a challan to himself after his official car had violated traffic rules.

The enforcer was none other than joint commissioner of police (traffic)
Satyendra Garg. He is known as a strict disciplinarian who has instilled a
better driving sense among Delhiites by enforcing stringent rules on roads and booking violators.

On Wednesday, Garg was waiting at a traffic signal in East Delhi when he noticed a traffic police vehicle overtaking his official car. The police vehicle stopped after crossing the limit line. Seeing this violation, Garg contacted the control room and was told that the vehicle belonged to the ACP (traffic).

“Apart from cautioning him for setting a bad example, I asked him to issue a challan to his own vehicle and send me a copy. It is very unpleasant to pull up your own officer for setting the wrong example, but we have to realise that once we are in the public domain, our conduct has to be positive and exemplary,” Garg said.

This was not all. The very next day, the traffic police had to prosecute a serving armed forces officer for dangerous driving. The officer was spotted driving while talking on his mobile phone on August Kranti Marg in the South Delhi area.

“He was spotted talking on his mobile phone while driving and when caught, he pleaded that he be let off as he was a serving officer. When disciplined officers violate rules, what will be the conduct of others?” Garg said.

Sadly for Delhi's road safety, Garg will be leaving office in a few days as he has been transferred to Mizoram.

The army officer paid Rs 1,000 as a penalty for dangerous driving as he did not want to go to court, the outgoing joint commissioner of traffic police said.


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