Traffic personnel using the Blackberry devices to book motorists for traffic offences, which is already in vogue in Bangalore, will be extended to rest of the State. These devices will be put into service in the next three months in this region.

Additional Director General of Police (Police Computer Wing) and Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety Praveen Sood said the department wants to extend paperless enforcement of rules to the rest of the State. “This system which is implemented in Bangalore for the last four years has brought in transparency in the enforcement. It has been well received in Bangalore,” he said.

The handheld blackberry devices were among the many technological tools introduced by the Bangalore Traffic police since 2007. “We started with the scratch. We now have the software and necessary infrastructure for automated enforcement.” The advantage is that the fine amount collected would directly go to the State Treasury. “It will help in centralising the enforcement operations,” he said.

Necessary changes will be made at the data centre in Bangalore to handle the information from the traffic stations in the State. Mr. Sood said presently the data centre was connected to 750 blackberry users in Bangalore Traffic police. There was a need to enable the centre to receive information from the 250 traffic policemen in the state, he said. Mr. Sood said as many as 300 traffic policemen have received preliminary training in handling the devices.

He said the devices would start operation in the Mangalore, Mysore and Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissionerates and traffic police stations in the remaining districts.

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