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aiding Surveillance: More traffic junctions to get CCTV cameras.
aiding Surveillance: More traffic junctions to get CCTV cameras.

Petlee Peter

CHENNAI: Chennai City Traffic Police will soon use software to track down vehicle registration numbers and provide within minutes the complete registration details of traffic violators captured on CCTV cameras installed in many locations in the city.

Talking to The Hindu, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Mohammed Shakeel Akhter said the moment a motorist jumped signal or violated the traffic line, the CCTV camera installed would record the offence.

“The software will help the camera read the registration plate details of the vehicles and transmit them to a computer in the control room. It would provide a printout containing the name and address of the owner,” he added.

Aiding this would be the database on the registration details of vehicles in the city, which would be linked to the software. CCTV cameras have been installed at junctions near Spencers, Gandhi Statue, Nandanam, Ega Theatre, Eldams Road, Koyambedu, Anna Rotary and outside the Central Railway Station. They function round the clock. Police sources said that in 2008 over 38,000 notices were served on traffic violators caught on the cameras at the eight locations. A total of Rs. 6.23 lakh was collected as penalty.

CCTV cameras have also been installed at 17 other junctions, including Greenways Road, Vadapalani, Madhya Kailash, Ashok Pillar, Kathipara, Valluvar Kottam, Anna Statue, Vijay Nagar in Velachery and SIET College. “At present, they are being operated on a trial basis and would become operational in a week’s time,” he added.

Forty more junctions are likely to get CCTV cameras by the end of 2009.

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