Several speeding bikes, with none of the riders wearing helmets, can be seen speeding on a highway. One youngster riding solo lifts his bike to do a vertical wheelie at a high speed, even as three others riding triples on a bike next to him can be seen filming the dangerous stunt. Several high-end bikes follow closely and can be seen encouraging the youngster further, putting the life of other motorists at risk.
These were the scenes that reportedly played out at Vijayawada’s Krishna Lanka National Highway (NH 65) and Durga Varadhi Road on Wednesday night, videos of which are doing the rounds on WhatsApp.
Many are pointing out that the youngsters were putting themselves and other commuters on the road at risk with their dangerous stunts.
Reports also suggest that the bikers were reportedly underage.
When TNM contacted Vijayawada Traffic DCP T Ram Prasad to seek an explanation on the alleged bike racing and stunts, he said, “We are verifying the videos. We will take necessary action against all who are involved.”
He added, “If it is found that they are minors, we will also book cases against the parents.”
Appealing for safe driving practices, the DCP said, “Parents too have the responsibility to check on their children about what they’re doing.”
City Joint Commissioner of Police Kanthi Rana Tata also said that suitable action would be taken against the people involved in racing and doing stunts on roads and assured that checks would be intensified during the night.
Presently, the Vijayawada City police is taking stringent measures to curb unlawful driving practices, with many awareness programmes being taken up to promote road safety.
According to Vijayawada police officials, as part of the special drives, the police have registered cases against 1,802 people for drunken driving in the last four months, out of which 91 persons were even sentenced to jail.