ISLAMABAD - Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) is going to launch one-month education campaign urging the road user to fasten seat belts and avoid the use of mobile phone during driving. Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Muhammad Zubair Ahmed Hashmi, while talking to media persons here on Thursday, said the ITP officials would educate the road users during the ongoing month (July) and start issuing tickets with effect from August 1, 2008 over violation of traffic rules like cell phone usage during driving and reluctance in fasten seat belts. He said the fine amount, which was collected by the National Bank of Pakistan now might be submitted in the office of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) while the NADRA Chairman and Inspector General of Police (IGP) had been agreed to collect the fine amounts through the e-Sahulat Scheme. "There are 21 branches of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) which collect the fine tickets till 3:00pm but through this agreement between the NADRA and ITP, commuters can submit the fine amount round the clock like other utility bills," he added. Zubair Hashmi said that the NADRA would help maintain the data of those who had indulged in repeated violation of over-speeding, crossing the red signals, fatal and non-fatal road accident and it would also help introduce the point system and the licences of the violators may be cancelled after touching the certain point limit, he added. Highlighting the ITP progress during the last six months, he said the ITP issued traffic violation tickets to 258863 violators, including 219 VIPs, penalising Rs 64,874,900 while under ITP's Road Safety Education Programme above 200,000 citizens were educated and acquainted with traffic laws and regulations during the six months of the year. Due to effective education campaign along with enforcement proved advantageous in reducing the accident ratio by 40 percent whereas 219 VIPs were issued traffic violation tickets. To facilitate the commuters, he said the ITP also took a drastic action against PSVs for not completing their respective routes and impounded 1,164 vehicle apart from the issuance of violation tickets besides six route permits were also sent to respective authorities for cancellation. Likewise to control the traffic crashes 18 driving licenses had been cancelled for their involvement in fatal accidents while 17 driving licenses had been suspended for stipulated period considering their gravity of offence.   He said a squad was functioning to have a strict check on one-wheeling, 2,055 motorcyclists were issued traffic violation tickets fining Rs 822,000 while 305 motorcycles were impounded under section 115 MVO penalising Rs 152,600 and 'Qalandras'    against 52 motorcyclist were sent to respective courts for their involvement in one-wheeling wherein the courts fined Rs 127,800. "During the current year 4,394 citizens were provided help from the ITP driving school and approximately 3,117 students, including 679 women, were trained with special techniques of defensive driving skills besides issuance of driving licensing system has been more effective in which every commuter can obtain a driving licence simply and effortlessly", he informed. Talking about the learner permits, he said approximately 45,260 learner permits whereas 56,285 licences were issued to the road users while to provide a profane environment to citizens from smoking the cognizance had been taken against drivers, conductors and passengers and in this regard 46 QALANDRAS had been sent to respective courts.    To a question regarding one-wheeling on 7th Avenue and other boulevards of Islamabad, he said "The prime responsibility for checking this violation lies with the ITP, which is very much successful in checking this life threatening stunts." He said that people have very much appreciated the gesture of ITP as it made different crossing like Zero Point, Aabpara and Dhokri Chowk signal-free. "It was a paradigm shift of ITP. The people had to wait earlier for long time at the busy intersections but through declaring some point signal-free, travelling has become very much economical and easy on Capital's roads," he added. The SSP said the CDA had consulted with the ITP for alternative routes during the construction of Zero Point fly-over. "We have made our best efforts to specify the routes where smooth flow of traffic can be ensured and commuters face maximum convenience," he maintained.