Next time you plan a road trip across the state, http://highwaypolicems.in will guide you through it.
Home Minister R.R. Patil inaugurated the website at Mantralaya on Friday.
You can log on to the website and get updates on traffic jams, maps of roads to take and even telephone numbers of nearest police stations, hospitals and crane services to help in case of a breakdown.
You can also use your GPRS-enabled mobile phone to get the number of the nearest traffic chowkie or to call helpline numbers.
“The idea behind this was to make road travel convenient and safe for people. The growing number of accidents on the road is a matter of great concern and by providing helpline numbers, we hope the time between an accident and help reaching a victim reduces,” Patil said.
“This can reduce accident rates by 70 per cent.”
The opening page of the website displays a map display of the 7,000-kilometres of roads and highways across the state with strategic points marked.
Apart from interactive maps, there are sections on news, details of stolen vehicles, and rules to be followed by drivers.
There is a page explaining road signages to people, who want to take driving tests, and details of fines charged for violating traffic rules.
Superintendent of Police (Highways) B.G. Shekhar said this was the first such initiative by any state. “We have provided mobile numbers of all officers. In case you do not get help, you can complain to one of them,” Shekhar said.
There is a section on the website, which will be open only for police and home department officials.
It gives details of the personnel working across the state, the arms in every traffic police chowkie and station and even attendance of policemen.
“Along with making ourselves accessible to public we are also moving towards having a paperless office with transparency in our functioning,” Shekhar said.