After cracking the whip on traffic rule offenders on city roads, Indore traffic police department is mulling over getting another state-of-the-art speed gun, a device used to video-record and monitor speeding vehicles, to keep a tab on rash drivers.
If a vehicle crossing speed limit is tracked by a speed gun, the image of the vehicle and a message would be delivered to a traffic personnel stationed at the next intersection. The traffic personnel concerned then intercepts the driver and imposes fine for over-speeding.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Pankaj Shrivastava, additional superintendent of police (traffic–East) said the department has one speed gun which is not functioning recently.
“Procuring speed guns is on our agenda, but it’s a time-consuming process as we need to go through all procedures,” Shrivastava said.
“We can reduce accident chances upto some extent by upgrading traffic management but what about casualties that happen because of reckless driving? High speed always endangers lives of drivers as well as pedestrians,” he added.
Traffic personnel posted at intersections such as Vijay Nagar, Radisson, Super Corridor and traffic experts admitted that controlling speed of motorists has remained impossible at few nodal points of Indore.
Praful Joshi of Save Life Cycle, an NGO working for traffic management and road accidents in Indore said, “A look statistics of road accidents in developed countries would bring the stark contrast with our casualties. People have zero awareness about traffic norms in Indore,” Joshi said.
“We should try to spread awareness about traffic rules among riders as it will help curb death toll,” he added.
Statistics claim 10% of deaths on Indore’s street are due to reasons such as violating lanes, jumping signals etc, while 90% of the deaths are attributed to over-speeding.