2010-03-10

On Police - Part II

The road was pretty much empty. Long one. Speeding came naturally. I could not see the board unless I was looking for it. And I was not looking for it - the speed limit board.

A few hundred metres, and a policeman stops me. I knew I was going fast enough, but was not sure if I was speeding. Since I was stopped I realized I was. Much later after I paid the fine, as I got my right to speed again, I noticed the speed limit boards, neatly tucked in at spots where it was difficult for a driver to see*.

--The policeman who stops me requests me to see the sub-inspector. I ask for the price to not get out of the car. He says everything is now computerized. Fine. The SI tells me to pay INR 300/=. I pull out a INR 1000/= bill. Feel surprised as I get the difference back. He gives me a ticket. And then, he could not care less--

Not a single word from the sub-inspector about the possible problem, either to me or to the others, with my speeding. He was not a law & order or an enforcement officer. He was a simple revenue collector. Our police, as I had regretted earlier, is operating as a profit centre.

Yet, I would like to keep my promise. I would try hard and look at the policemen positively - the sub-inspector was after all standing in that heat doing this dirty business of collecting money - a role he had not signed up for.

PS:
-* guess, part of the plan to improve collections
- Bangalore police have been collecting crores of rupees in fines for drunk driving. The fine has to be high enough for people to change behavior. But, I am -against my wishes- inclined to suspect that, quite deliberately, the fine amount is kept at levels so that people do not necessarily get deterred

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2010-03-10

On Police - Part II

The road was pretty much empty. Long one. Speeding came naturally. I could not see the board unless I was looking for it. And I was not looking for it - the speed limit board.

A few hundred metres, and a policeman stops me. I knew I was going fast enough, but was not sure if I was speeding. Since I was stopped I realized I was. Much later after I paid the fine, as I got my right to speed again, I noticed the speed limit boards, neatly tucked in at spots where it was difficult for a driver to see*.

--The policeman who stops me requests me to see the sub-inspector. I ask for the price to not get out of the car. He says everything is now computerized. Fine. The SI tells me to pay INR 300/=. I pull out a INR 1000/= bill. Feel surprised as I get the difference back. He gives me a ticket. And then, he could not care less--

Not a single word from the sub-inspector about the possible problem, either to me or to the others, with my speeding. He was not a law & order or an enforcement officer. He was a simple revenue collector. Our police, as I had regretted earlier, is operating as a profit centre.

Yet, I would like to keep my promise. I would try hard and look at the policemen positively - the sub-inspector was after all standing in that heat doing this dirty business of collecting money - a role he had not signed up for.

PS:
-* guess, part of the plan to improve collections
- Bangalore police have been collecting crores of rupees in fines for drunk driving. The fine has to be high enough for people to change behavior. But, I am -against my wishes- inclined to suspect that, quite deliberately, the fine amount is kept at levels so that people do not necessarily get deterred

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