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Now, reach traffic cops on WhatsApp

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 01, 2014
First Published: 22:13 IST(1/8/2014) | Last Updated: 22:15 IST(1/8/2014)

The WhatsApp messenger service launched by the Chandigarh traffic police evoked good response as cops received over 300 complaints within 24 hours of start of the service.

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Of the total complaints received, most of them related to wrong parking. Residents posted as many as nine photographs related to traffic violation after which two challans were issued.

The service was launched by UT inspector general RP Upadhyaya on Thursday to further enhance the community policing drive of the traffic police.

The Chandigarh traffic police are already having facilities like Facebook page (www.facebook.com/trafficpolicechd <http://www.facebook.com/trafficpolicechd>), website (chandigarhtrafficpolice.org), traffic helpline (1073), videos on YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/trafficpolicechd) and road safety exhibition vans wherein citizens can directly and easily interact with the cops for various traffic related complaints, suggestions etc.

The WhatApp (97795-80985) messenger service may be used by the general public for sharing logical and meaningful traffic related suggestions, specific information about traffic congestion, specific information about traffic accidents.

Residents can also send traffic violation images with date, time and place of violation, along with their complete name and address so that legal action against the violator can be taken.

The traffic police signed a memorandum with Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd for creating a traffic education park at the already existing Chandigarh Traffic Park, Sector 23, at a ceremony held at traffic auditorium, traffic police lines, Sector 29.

This traffic education park will be the fifth such park set up by Honda in India and the first in Chandigarh and the states of Punjab and Haryana.  As per the memorandum, the Honda will makeover the Chandigarh Traffic Park where it will provide 'Lifetime Safety Education' for all age groups - starting from 5-year-old school children to adults with a special focus on women wanting to have a freedom of independent mobility. This traffic park will be in line with the commitment of the Chandigarh traffic police and Honda to promote road safety.

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