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Digicam is Delhi traffic police's new 'best friend'

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 18, 2011
First Published: 23:53 IST(18/5/2011) | Last Updated: 23:55 IST(18/5/2011)

After chase-and-challan, Delhi traffic police have adopted click-and-challan method to reduce traffic norm violations.

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Armed with digital video cameras, traffic policemen will soon be seen at all important intersections across the Capital — they will click pictures of traffic violators and then send notices to them with photographic evidence.

The traffic department had introduced the camera operated violation detection system at select intersections of central and southern range about a month ago on trial basis.

"We had introduced only 20 cameraman police to man some intersections in the two ranges a month ago and have already issued over 5,000 notices based on camera operated violation detection system. We will now expand the system in all the five ranges," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

The police are also identifying violation and accident-prone intersections in eastern, northern and western ranges.

"We have 200 odd digital cameras with us. Gradually we will introduce most of these cameras at intersections especially to curb the trend of stop line violation and driving on wrong carriageway. Besides, their presence would help us manage traffic during rallies, processions and also VIP movements. Managing traffic during morning and evening peak hours will also be easier," said Garg.

This process, believe traffic police, would help generating awareness about the presence of police's 'third eye' before the Intelligent Traffic System  comes in place.


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