Soon, traf­fic vi­o­la­tors may be served chal­lans via SMS on their phones

Millennium Post - - Front Page - AB­HAY SINGH

NEW DELHI: Soon speed demons and traf­fic vi­o­la­tors in the Cap­i­tal may re­ceive chal

lans via SMS mes­sages on their phones.

Delhi Po­lice is work­ing on a pi­lot project un­der which au­to­mated sys­tems will be able to track traf­fic vi­o­la­tions

like over­speed­ing or jump­ing red lights. Highly placed po­lice sources told the Mil­len­nium Post that in Septem­ber this year the Delhi Traf­fic Po­lice com­pleted the suc­cess­ful trial of an “au­to­matic red light vi­o­la­tion de­tec­tor” through which a de­vice will au­to­mat­i­cally click the pho­to­graphs of er­rant driv­ers and chal­lans will be sent to the phone num­bers of the reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle own­ers.

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cial said: “We are work­ing on it and so far 24 in­ter­sec­tions in the city have been iden­ti­fied where we may in­stal such de­tec­tors.” The Delhi Po­lice is also work­ing on an­other project through which they can rein in speed vi­o­la­tors by set­ting up de­tec­tors in 100 lo­ca­tions in the city. “The de­vice can iden­tify the over­speed­ing ve­hi­cle and au­to­mat­i­cally chal­lan it,” said the po­lice source. The ini­tia­tive of the Delhi Po­lice can bring trans­parency as in many cases vi­o­la­tors

claim that they have not vi­o­lated traf­fic rules but af­ter these de­tec­tors are in place, the law en­force­ment agency will give pho­to­graphic proof of vi­o­la­tion.

An­other po­lice of­fi­cer claimed that they are evolv­ing a dig­i­tal sys­tem where vi­o­la­tors can pay their chal­lan money on­line. The Delhi Traf­fic Po­lice data ac­cessed by the Mil­len­nium Post till (June 15) stated that more than 64,000 chal­lans were is­sued for over-speed­ing whereas over 4,000 chal­lans were served for us­ing pri­vate ve­hi­cles as taxis, an­other 1,344 chal­lans were is­sued for smok­ing while driv­ing.

Over 8,000 re­ceived chal­lans for us­ing mo­biles while driv­ing. Blar­ing loud mu­sic on car stereos led to over 700 chal­lans. Over­crowd­ing in pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles led to the is­suance of 5,000 chal­lans. Bus driv­ers and con­duc­tors not wear­ing the proper uni­form were handed 11,825 chal­lans.

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