Any open violation such as triple ride on a two-wheeler, talking on mobile phones while riding/driving, over loading, et al gets instant attention of the police, who are observing the motorists’ from a specially established control room for follow-up action.

Next time when you travel by your vehicle, ensure that you are not violating road rules as the police are capturing your movements from hi-speed cameras installed at vantage locations in the city.

Any open violation such as triple ride on a two-wheeler, talking on mobile phones while riding/driving, over loading, et al gets instant attention of the police, who are observing the motorists’ from a specially established control room for follow-up action.

Explaining the functioning, a traffic police officer at Goripalayam Thevar statue intersection said on Sunday that the cameras fitted in the junction would capture every frame. Whenever a violator is spotted on camera, along with the vehicle registration number, the traffic police at the next location would be alerted to intercept and impose fine for the offence concerned. For instance, a motorist spotted at Goripalayam signal would be stopped at Anna Statue on A.V. Bridge.

From Friday onwards, the police had started imposing fine based on the images captured from these cameras, another police officer said.

Three two-wheeler riders were booked for triple ride, drunken driving and talking over mobile phone. A four wheeler driver who was stopped near Anna Statue on Sunday evening remitted the fine (Rs 1000) for driving and talking over his mobile phone. Similarly, a hay-laden lorry was stopped for violating the height, the officer added.

In the event of the police finding it tough to intercept the violator, from the registration number of the vehicle, the address is traced from the RTO authorities and the challan is posted. In the event of non appearance, the violator would be issued summons from the court concerned for appearance, the officer explained.

Complaints

After a number of complaints poured in, the Inspector General and Commissioner of Police (Madurai city) Sanjay Mathur and team swung into action to regulate the motorists.

The issue also figured in the road safety advisory meeting presided over by Collector Anshul Mishra, a few days ago, where it was proposed to capture the violators through the cameras and collect fines on the spot or despatch the challans through post to the addresses available with the RTO authorities.

The Collector had received a number of suggestions/complaints and information through Facebook, he informed the meeting.

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