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Violators of traffic rules, beware of the common man

Thursday, 22 November 2012 - 6:47pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

Initiative gives the right to people to upload photographs of violations of traffic rules on traffic police’s website; guilty to be booked.

The government has launched a new drive to improve road discipline by involving people too in catching violators of traffic rules. Inaugurating the initiative in a new traffic police station in Kengeri, home minister R Ashoka said that under the watchful Public Eye, motorists have to be more careful as people can capture and upload photographs of traffic violations taken by them on the traffic police website. The police will take legal action against such violators based on the pictures. The initiative will give public a chance to get integrated with the traffic police wing in bringing the much needed discipline on city roads. This idea is also expected to go a long way in reducing the number of road accidents. additional commissioner of police (traffic) MA Saleem said. “Every citizen of this country must understand and follow the law of the land. It is the bounden duty of every citizen to give information to police about commission of an offence. In this context, the traffic violations may be captured [on camera] and sent to the traffic police portal”, he said. Once the details of the traffic offence are loaded, police will process the information given by the public. Later, a notice will be issued to the owner of the vehicle under section 133 of Indian Motor Vehicles Act - to show cause and give information on who was using the vehicle at the time of committing the offence. Further action will be initiated as per law. According to the traffic police, Bangalore has a population of nearly 10 million people and vehicle population of about 4.2 million. It has registered a growth of more than 4 per cent year-over-year during the past two decades. It is growing at a faster rate making it a challenging job for police to monitor the traffic flow. The Bangalore Traffic Police looks after the regulation and enforcement aspects of traffic management in the city. It manages traffic on 11,000 km of broad network and nearly 40,000 intersections. The geographical coverage of Bangalore Traffic Police is 1,005 sq km.  Population growth coupled with rise in the number of vehicles registered in the city has resulted in traffic congestion on many roads. Infrastructure development works such as  construction of Metro, flyovers and grade separators have become an additional burden on the police to regulate flow of traffic. To reduce traffic congestion on roads and ensure greater safety, the city traffic police have taken up a number of initiatives such as conversion of roads into one ways, technology driven enforcement through B-TRAC project, effective campaigns against drink driving, use of mobile phone and speeding. Effective road safety programmes to promote the use of helmet and seat belts have significantly reduced accidents. The traffic police have initiated a number of citizen-centric initiatives such as the establishment of citizen forum committees in all traffic police stations, citizen complaints through IVRS and SMS, an interactive website, SMS traffic alerts, and variable messaging systems. The Facebook page of Bangalore Traffic Police is one of the highly popular social media networks in the city.

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