Tourism industry stakeholders have said the scheme is detrimental to the sector, and local residents have been protesting against the "sentinels" intruding their privacy. Both ruling and opposition MLAs have said the scheme can be misused.
Parminder Chabbra, 60, traffic marshal with Chandigarh traffic police since 2009, lost four of his family members in a road accident in 1985, which proved a turning point in his life. He tells Saurabh Prashar challan drives are essential for curbing traffic violations.
The move came in the wake of a Supreme Court order that was passed a year ago to check rising number of accidents and deaths on state highways and other roads by removing engineering defects in the planning stage.
The CTPD (Chennai Traffic Police Department) has said they will take strict action against the riders who are found without the helmet and assured they will take adequate measures by spreading more awareness to the public about the need of wearing helmets.
KK Kapila, Chairman IRF, was of the view that strict enforcement with appropriate penalties, accompanied by public awareness of laws will be a critical factor in reducing road traffic injuries and deaths.
The study found that in case of a pedestrian crossing the road, drivers having a simple conversation took 40 per cent longer to react compared to those who did not use a phone. In case of complex texting, the reaction time was 204 per cent more.