Facebook helps nab 'powerful' violators
'Influential' people often use their power to 'settle' cases of traffic violations. But Delhi traffic police's virtual eye does not spare anyone.delhi Updated: May 20, 2011 23:54 IST
'Influential' people often use their power to 'settle' cases of traffic violations. But Delhi traffic police's virtual eye does not spare anyone.
The traffic police's page on social networking site Facebook is bringing these violators to the book.
On Friday, traffic police prosecuted vehicles of four influential persons — an SHO of Delhi police, a municipal councillor, a leader of a political party and a media person.
The action was based on photographs of vehicles belonging to these violators that were uploaded on the police's Facebook page.
The traffic police had started an interactive page on the social networking site a year ago to provide necessary information, and also to offer a platform for citizens to put their suggestions, reactions and grievances. It has become a huge success with over 60,000 members.
Based on information and photographs uploaded by citizens on the page, traffic police have so far prosecuted hundreds of people for violating traffic norms.
"This is probably the first time we prosecuted four influential persons in a single day for violating traffic norms," said a senior traffic officer.
"One of the vehicles was of SHO of Gandhinagar who was prosecuted for not having a number plate in his official vehicle. Another vehicle is of a councillor in which the number plate of the car showed off the councillor's designation. The number plate of the third vehicle had a 'Press' sticker. This vehicle was owned by a media person. The last one is owned by the son of political leader. The number plate bearing an eye-catching VIP number (DL 8CE 001) carried the image of the national flag," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Each of them was either slapped with a fine of Rs 2,000 or more or got court challans, said traffic police.
"With the help of photos uploaded in Facebook we have also prosecuted vehicles of chairman of the anti corruption mission of Haryana and a traffic inspector of Model Town on Thursday," said Garg.