Discover the recent surge in underage drivers in Lahore and the proactive measures taken by Lahore Traffic Police. Delve into the aftermath of a tragic accident, sparking widespread arrests and a province-wide crackdown. Stay informed with the latest updates on underage driving.
In a swift response to the directives from Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, the Lahore Traffic Police has initiated an extensive crackdown on underage drivers. This move follows a heartbreaking road accident in the Defence area, claiming the lives of six family members. Published on Nov 18, 2023, at 2:10 pm, this article sheds light on the alarming increase in underage drivers and the consequential actions taken by authorities.
Over the span of four days, Lahore Traffic Police executed a series of crackdowns, resulting in the apprehension of 1,632 underage drivers. Each offender is now facing legal consequences with cases filed against them. This decisive action underscores the severity of the issue and the commitment of law enforcement to curb underage driving.
Simultaneously, the Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Lahore has taken additional steps by issuing show cause notices to six sector in-charges. These notices highlight concerns about the perceived ineffectiveness of enforcement during the crackdowns, emphasizing the need for a thorough and efficient implementation of the law.
Caretaker CM’s Directive:
The crackdown, ordered by Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, was prompted by a tragic incident in Lahore. An underage driver caused a fatal accident, resulting in the loss of six lives. Naqvi’s directive emphasizes the importance of impartial and stringent actions against underage drivers.
Urgent Calls for Accountability:
Naqvi has urged key figures in law enforcement, including the Inspector General (IG) Punjab, Chief Commissioner of Police (CCPO), and all Regional Police Officers (RPOs), to provide daily reports on measures taken against underage drivers. This demonstrates a commitment to transparency and accountability in addressing the issue.
Highlighting the inherent dangers posed by underage drivers, not only to themselves but also to others on the road, Naqvi called upon parents to refrain from allowing their underage children to operate vehicles or motorcycles. This appeal underscores the crucial role parents play in preventing such tragic incidents.
Tragic Incident in Defence Phase 7:
The tragic car accident in Lahore’s Defence Phase 7 involved a family returning home after visiting relatives. The collision near a roundabout was orchestrated when a car, driven by a teenage boy identified as Afnan Shafqat, intentionally crashed into the family’s vehicle. This deliberate act resulted in fatal consequences, amplifying the urgency for stringent measures against underage driving.
As Lahore Traffic Police takes robust action against underage drivers, the tragic incident serves as a somber reminder of the grave consequences of irresponsible driving. The province-wide crackdown and accountability measures send a clear message that underage driving will not be tolerated, emphasizing the need for a collective effort to ensure road safety.