LAW AND ORDERPolice launch Public Eye to let citizens photograph violators

Motorists beware. Violating traffic rules even when traffic police are not around could cost you dear as the Bangalore city traffic on Wednesday launched Public Eye, an initiative that allows citizens to catch offenders by clicking them in the act.

Public Eye hopes to bring more discipline on the city’s notorious roads by directly involving Bangaloreans who can photograph traffic violators with their mobile phones, camera or other means of image capturing and upload them on www.bangalorecitytraffic.gov.in

“Basically this idea is to give public a chance to get integrated with the traffic police wing in bringing much-needed discipline on the road. This is expected to go a long way in reducing the number of accidents,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) M.A. Saleem said while launching the initiative at Kengeri police station.

Once the details of the offence are uploaded, traffic police processes the information at its Traffic Management Centre. “We obtain the registered owner’s name from the Regional Transport Office and the offending vehicle is issued a notice under Sec. 133 of Indian Motor Vehicles Act — to show cause and give information as to who was using the vehicle at the time.” Further action will be initiated as per law.

According to the traffic police, Bangalore is one of the premier metros having a population of nearly 10 million and vehicle population of about 4.2 million. The city has registered a growth of more than 4 per cent every year since the last two decades and is still growing at an even faster rate.

Bangalore Traffic Police manage traffic on 11,000 km of road network and nearly 40,000 intersections. Their geographical coverage is 1,005 sq. km. Infrastructure works like construction of the metro, flyovers and grade separators have become an additional burden on the police to regulate flow of traffic in an orderly manner, Mr. Saleem said.

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