The decision of the Chandigarh Police to screen CCTV footage of accidents taking place in the city got an encouraging response from the person who had come to pay their compounding fee for their traffic violations.
Before the screening began,many of the violators who were made to sit in the auditorium could be seen complaining about the delay which was caused due to the screening of the film. Some persons even asked police personnel sitting at the desk to return their slips so that they could return home.
However,the resentment vanished when the footage of accidents captured by the CCTV cameras was screened. The resentment which was quite visible at the start of the mandatory screening suddenly disappeared,as violators ranging from old to young watched the accidents with horror and disbelief.
Several clips were asked to be replayed while many debated amongst themselves as to who was right and who was wrong. At the end,the latest initiative of Police found many takers as many even appreciated them for starting such a programme. In their interaction with Police officers,many even came up a few suggestions on how to improve the traffic situation in the city.
Twenty-three-year old Jairaj Singh Sandhu,who is studying MBA from Hyderabad said,I was not aware that I will have to wait and made to watch the footage of accidents. The footage shown to us today,was an eye opener for me as I saw horrific accidents taking place on the roads which I generally pass through.
He suggested police to upload the footage of the accidents on social networking and video sharing websites like Facebook and Youtube. Youngsters like me follow sites like Facebook and Youtube. Uploading the accident footage on these sites would definitely have an impact on them, added Sandhu.
Another person suggested that the CD of all the accidents should be made and sent to all colleges so that it could be shown to the students there.