With a view to lowering burden of cases at police stations, the city commisisonerate police said the investigation of road accident cases would be conducted by traffic wing from now.
The traffic police will not only investigate road accident cases, but they would also produce challans in court.
They will work on a three-tier model — engineering, education and enforcement. In engineering wing, traffic police would point out that which roads are more accident prone.
In the other two wings, they would educate the people and would work for regulating traffic in the city. The traffic police will also study reasons behind road accidents whether they are caused by high beams, speeding and traffic light jumping etc, besides preparing a report which will be analysed by senior officials.
After getting information of a road accident, the traffic police would visit the spot and inform the nearby police station to register a case. After registering case, an assistant sub-inspector of traffic wing would be deputed as investigation officer.
The investigation officer will not only inquire into the incident but also be responsible for producing challan in a duty magistrate's court.
The jurisdiction of commissionerate police has been divided into two zones. As many as 200 personnel of the traffic wing will work in these zones under the supervision of additional deputy commissioner of police (traffic) and assistant commissioner of police (traffic).
A 200-strong traffic wing will have two inspectors, six sub-inspectors, 10 assistant sub-inspectors, 33 head constables.
A senior police official said with handing over investigation of accident cases to traffic wing, the staff at police stations would be able to concentrate on investigation of criminal cases, which in turn, would help minimising workload.
The official said new constables would be recruited in the traffic wing to handle investigation cases.
As traffic police personnel work for 12 hours a day and if any road accident occurs at night, the local police station will take up the case at that time and hand over the case file to investigation officer (traffic wing) concerned the next day.
HT talked to some traffic policemen about the new system. Some were of the view that after a long day hectic traffic management, the additional work would affect both their health and efficiency.
Deputy commissioner of police Rahul S said about 25 cases that took place in the past few months have been handed over to traffic police.
Traffic education for students
Schools and colleges wishing to educate their students about traffic rules and regulations can download from traffic website
Schools will also have access of login and can be directly in touch with commissionerate police officials for traffic education
Traffic helpline: +91-181-2227296; 1073 (toll free)