Better late than never. The Patiala district traffic police will finally be equipped with modern equipment to check speed violators with the inclusion of speed radar.
District traffic in-charge Hardeep Singh said that the department had earlier made a demand for speed interceptor vehicle, but as the state had only one vehicle to cater for the entire state and also it costs around Rs 23 lakhs, the demand was not fulfilled.
According to the information available, nearly 3400 deaths are caused due to road accidents in state. Following the increasing number of incidents, the traffic police authorities have decided to get equipped with new technology to penalise culprits.
The speed radar which costs around Rs 9 lakhs, has a range up to 100 meters.
Hardeep Singh informed that the speed radar would be used on three main routes ,including Sirhind , Rajpura and Sangrur road as maximum speed violators are found on these roads.
He added that last year the police had issued 215 challans, to speed violators and most of them were issued when the district police had hired speed interceptor vehicle from the state transport commissioner for fortnight only.
"The biggest advantage of speed radars is that they are handy and can be hidden whereas the speed inceptor vehicles are visible from a distance. Usually drivers and motorists on seeing the inceptor vehicles slow down the speed of their vehicles and deceive the police authorities but that would not be possible now" Singh said.
A large number of speed violators included youngsters and bus drivers.
Moreover, the authorities said that with the inclusion of the speed radars, they would be able to issue more challans.