In an attempt to rein in 'influential' violators of traffic rules, the Delhi Traffic Police have deployed some of its special officers, armed with digital cameras, in the heart of New Delhi.
Taking a cue from those Delhiites who upload pictures of traffic violations on its Facebook page on a daily basis, the traffic police have posted its personnel at the Teen Murti Marg, to book VIP drivers found breaking traffic rules.
Significantly, in just three hours during which the drive was in place, on Wednesday and Thursday, traffic officers fined 27 errant drivers.
On both days, the drive was in force from 6pm to 7.30 pm. The penalty for such a violation is R1,000.
“We came up with the idea of positioning the officers with digital cameras after several instances of dangerous driving, lane violation and driving on the wrong side of the carriageway were witnessed by our ground staff at the Teen Murti roundabout on a regular basis,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
“While on Wednesday, more than 24 commuters were fined for dangerous driving, only three commuters were fined on Thursday. This was owing to less congestion, since it was Diwali eve,” said a senior traffic police officer, on condition of anonymity.
Among the first to be prosecuted for lane violation was an IAS officer's vehicle plying on the wrong side of the carriageway. “The new drive will help us provide photographic proof of the traffic violation to the errant driver,” the officer said.
Police said the strength of the officers part of the drive would be increased as per requirement. “Currently, the Delhi Police's official photographer, and two other officers are part of the drive. We will increase the strength of officers posted at the spot, as and when the drive is extended to other areas of the capital,” Garg added.