Police launch another campaign against motorbike stunts
* Racing event for young riders soon
LAHORE: The police have launched a new campaign against motorcycle stunts, and police patrols especially on Main Boulevard Gulberg, Jail Road, The Mall, Fortress Stadium and Defence have been directed to curb the practice and arrest motorcyclists involved in it.
Ghalib Market Station House Officer Amir said that 150 motorcyclists were arrested and several cases were registered last week. A 72-hour detention period had been announced for motorcyclists involved in stunts.
Twenty-five motorcyclists have died in accidents involving stunts this year, but the trend continues because parents cannot supervise the young men all the time and the police cannot monitor every motorcycle rider in the city.
Traffic constables say the motorcyclists are too fast for them to be able to chase them. “We can not leave our duty at the traffic signals to follow them,” said Abid, a traffic official.
Sports State Minister Muhammad Ali Durrani said that he would announce a motorcycle-racing event soon, so that youngsters could not risk their lives on roads. A similar plan by the former Sports Minister Naeemullah Shahani was cancelled after his resignation.
Director General Parks and Horticulture Authority Shabbir Ahmad said that the department had made a Rs 2.2 million ‘Dirt Bike Track’ at Jallo with a 300-spectator capacity but lack of motorcyclists’ interest caused the project’s failure.