Now, even if you don’t find a traffic cop keeping an eye on you, don’t jump the red light. The moment you do, you will receive the challan on your phone, detailing the offence and the fine you are liable to pay. Science fiction? Well, not quite.
Starting mid-May, the Chandigarh police will start a pilot project in which special cameras will be installed at all key traffic intersections. The cameras will have all information on the vehicle based on its reading of the high-security registration number plates (HSRPs).
If a vehicle fitted with an HSRP violates a law, its details will be scanned automatically and the owner (as per the records of the Registering and Licensing Authority) will get a message informing of the violation and the resultant fine.
“This project is on my wish list. We will start a pilot project soon. Technology will be a big help to us in coming days to nail traffic violators. We want to minimise human intervention,” said DGP Tajender Singh Luthra.
He added, “The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) attached with the high security number plate will help us in tracking the violator. The camera will record the violation and a message will automatically get delivered to the mobile phone of the owner of the vehicle with the fine to be paid.”
‘ANGEL FRIENDS’ TO CURB DRUNKEN DRIVING
The DGP added that department also planned to recognise people who helped drunken people reach home safe after driving their car. Even as the department will train and depute some members of the force exclusively for the task, the project ‘Angel Friends’, according to the DGP will be based on residents’ feedback.
“People should not drink and drive. We want to encourage people to take a friend who does not drink with them to parties. People who help drunk people reach home safe will be considered an ‘Angel Friend’ and we will give them a certificate of appreciation,” the DGP added, claiming that the city police will also see an exponential increase in number of body cameras with the force, from 20 to 500. Body cameras can be attached to uniform of cops and help in surveillance.