Not only the general public violating traffic norms but the traffic policemen are also being hit by traffic police’s Facebook vigil.
In last two years, more than 50 traffic policemen have been prosecuted for violating traffic norms of which, 25 were ousted from the department.
Based on the ‘visual evidences’ on the popular social networking site Facebook, disciplinary proceeding were launched against 725 policemen from different units of the Delhi Police.
The social networking site has helped the traffic police take action against 21,617 traffic norm violators so far.
“Of them, many were traffic policemen. We have taken exemplary action against them,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic), adding, “Earlier, we did not have any mechanism in place to keep an eye on the policemen.”
According to the police, since May 2010, more than 50 traffic policemen were found guilty based on the photographs uploaded on the wall of the social networking site.
“We have ousted the ones from traffic unit whose violations were serious in nature, while many traffic men have been slapped with fines for the violations,” Garg said.
In July 2010, three months after the traffic police’s initiative, the Delhi Police had prosecuted an assistant sub-inspector and a constable for riding bikes without wearing helmets. “This was the first case of prosecuting policemen based on pictures uploaded by a Facebook user,” said an officer.
The police said some of the common violations by policemen were triple riding on two- wheelers, driving two-wheelers without wearing helmet and talking on the phone while driving.