Video recordings on mobile phones will now be treated as evidence against errant drivers by the traffic police.
Speaking at a programme organised by the Thane traffic police during the Road Safety Week, Satej Patil, minister of state for home said that the volume of vehicles on roads of the city was much larger than the manpower of the traffic police. Hence, the government had decided to rope in modern technology to ensure that those violating traffic rules and causing unnecessary traffic jams could be taken to task.
"I request citizens to use their phones to record any such incidents where traffic rules are violated and handover it over to the traffic police for further action ," added Patil.
The minister also used the opportunity to advise students on two-wheelers to ride safely. He said that careless behaviour while driving a vehicle could result in accidents, maiming people for the rest of their lives.
Patil also added that recently the state government had passed an ordinance making it compulsory for municipal councils and municipal corporations in cities to spend 20% of government grants and grampanchyats 10% of the amount, to solve problems leading to traffic snarls.
Last week, while inaugurating the 23rd Road Safety Week, chief minister Prithiviraj Chavan, who also holds a portfolio in the transport department, has advocated stringent action including imprisonment, for those found driving without a licence. Currently, there is provision for a fine of Rs750 (Rs350 for the driver and Rs400 for the owner), but no imprisonment.
In the last six months, the city witnessed three cases in which teenagers behind the wheel caused accidents.