Mumbai: The Mumbai police will begin a crackdown on night bike racers and stuntmen on Marine Drive and Western Express Highway (WEH). The annual break of bike racers ended in October and they have now made a comeback on the streets. However, this time around, policemen will be deployed on their route to put an end to the racing menace.
The menace in Mumbai continues to give residents sleepless nights, especially in Bandra-Mahim-Kurla and Chowpatty areas. The noise of the modified motorcycles due to rash drive and stunts by bikers make their lives miserable. The residents have complained the matter to police that the races happen even on the busy streets, but if it’s not, the racers cash in on the opportunity.
To contain these races, the Mumbai police and the traffic police plan barricadings and manning the points along the WEH and the stretch from Nariman Point to Worli in south Mumbai. Most races are held between Goregaon to Bandra, in the intermittent hours between 2am to 5am. Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Amitesh Kumar said, “The drive will put an end to rash driving at night. Bikers consider the free roads as a racing track. The drive will stop once the the city roads are rid of night racers.”
Apart from the deployment, the police will also monitor speed cameras installed on the roads. The speed cameras have been installed at spots termed as ‘notorious’ across the city. Bandra Reclamation, Eastern Freeway, Eastern Express Highway, Western Express Highway, Bandra Bandstand, JJ Flyover, Marine Drive are the most notorious spots for night bike races. The 47 speed cameras have helped traffic cops bring rogue bikers to book, earlier also. The bikers would give a slip to police stationed at nakabandis, without cameras.