With the Delhi Traffic Police taking the help of gadgets and technology to make the roads safer,the number of challans issued for various offences has almost doubled. The reason: Offences for which motorists earlier went scot-free are now recorded by hi-tech devices along major stretches in the city.
Speaking to Newsline,Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said,Earlier,people took road safety rules very casually. They avoided wearing helmets,drove on the wrong side; triple riding was very common; and,every second car had tinted glasses. All these are categorised as offences.
People should not be under the impression that only offences like drink driving or dangerous driving are caught by cameras. Any person who flouts the pettiest of rule would be booked and will have to pay the fine, he said.
Since police adopted the new measures,challans for offences like overspeeding have gone up from 6,773 in 2010-11 to 9,289 in 2011-12. Police placed 10 speed interceptor vehicles and cameras on high-speed corridors and crucial junctions recording the time,location and speed of vehicles violating the rules.
Similarly,the number of challans for triple-riding has gone up from 6,259 to 9,981 this year. Challans for those riding without helmets have gone up from 54,752 in 2010-11 to 65,628 in 2011-12. Another common offence of driver not wearing seatbelt have also been recorded on cameras and challans have shot up from 23,893 to 70,231 till now. Those talking on the phone while driving have also been booked to the tune of 507 in 2011-12 as compared to 372 the previous year.
Jumping a red light,which is often considered to be a petty violation,and most people get away with as there are no traffic cops at intersections,is no more the case. With cameras recording the violation,challans for this offence have increased from 1,53,331in 2010-11 to 1,74,126 in 2011-12.
There is no chance of a violator defending himself and he/she is not given a chance to argue. Since the camera has footage or stills as proof,a challan directly reaches the offenders residence. This ensures that there is no ruckus on the road. Also,since no car is stopped mid-way,there is no pile-up on roads, Garg said.
Delhi Traffic Police has also placed personnel as photographers at strategic spots near roundabouts. They are given the task of taking pictures of vehicles driving on the wrong side. According to police,708 prosecutions were made within two days after the initiative was taken.