The next time you jump a red light, don't be surprised if you get a challan on your cellphone. The Indore traffic department has launched an intelligent traffic system that will now deliver challans via SMS within minutes of the traffic violation.
Within just three days of becoming operational, more than 1,500 people have received challans via text message for traffic violations at intersections equipped with the Red Light Violation Detection (RLVD) system, said Pankaj Shrivastav, additional superintendent of police (traffic-west).
The RLVD system was introduced in January on a pilot basis at the Lantern Square and Pipliyahana Square to test its feasibility. After it received overwhelmingly positive feedback, the system was installed at 13 high-traffic intersections, including Radisson, Geeta Bhawan, White Church and Maharana Pratap Square. A total of 194 cameras were installed under the RLVD system at 15 main squares in different parts of the city.
Speaking to HT, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Shrivastav said the RLVD begins a new era of intelligent traffic management in the city whereby violators get automated challans for skipping the red light.
“Though the RLVD system started working a couple of months back, the department started sending challans via text message only three days back. Within a short span of time, the department has already sent more than 1,500 text messages to traffic offenders,” he said.
Regarding how the system worked, ASP Shrivastav said each time a vehicle crosses while the red light is still on, the RLVD system takes a photo of the license plate, which is then read by software and details of the offender is gathered from the Regional Transport Office automatically.
“A person is slapped a fine of Rs 500 each time for jumping a red light and immediately gets a text message on the number he/she has uploaded at the regional traffic office at the time of issuance of registration numbers,” Shrivastav said.
This has cut down on the time taken for issuing the challan from the previous 15-20 days to just minutes.
Shrivastav said, “People can pay the challan amount at the traffic department headquarters by showing the text message with the registration number of the particular vehicle.”
However, the department is also looking to make paying the fine simpler in the future. Shrivastav said though it was still early days, but the department was looking to introduce an online payment option and has sent a proposal to the financial department in this regard.