Soon, when you speed at night on Delhi streets, several cold and keen eyes will be watching you.
The city is finally set to get gadgets that spot rash drivers and capture their images, making it easy to book them. Delhi, till date woefully short of technological support to catch speedsters after dark, sees almost 50% of its fatal road accidents between midnight and dawn.
By December, the city will get eight speed cameras and 10 infrared-based speed interceptors (radars mounted on police cars) that function even at night.
“Technical evaluation of both the projects is over. By the third week of this month, the tendering process for both will be over,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
The eight cameras will be installed at Kingsway Camp and Safdarjung Road intersections. The existing seven cover Prithviraj Road, Rajesh Pilot Marg and Shankar Road. “Next year, we will procure 32 more cameras and install them at other strategic locations,” said Shukla.
“Within three months, we will be able to install the gadgets and curb the speeding menace at night,” said Shukla.
“Motorists tend to speed at night because there is hardly any cop. With the help of technology, many countries have been able to check road mishaps to a large extent,” said KK Kapila, chairman of the International Road Federation.