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On the lookout:A technician monitoring the images retrieved from the high-resolution cameras at the office of the Police Commissioner in Mysore.
On the lookout:A technician monitoring the images retrieved from the high-resolution cameras at the office of the Police Commissioner in Mysore.

Shankar Bennur

42 high-resolution cameras have been installed at intersections and circles in Mysore

MYSORE: Motorists can no longer slip away after violating traffic rules. For, 42 high-resolution cameras have been installed at intersections and circles in the city with the aim of bringing in traffic discipline and penalising offenders.

Though the cameras have been installed for the purpose of surveillance, the city police are also using them to monitor traffic and curb traffic violations. Vehicular traffic has gone up two-fold in the last five years following a sharp rise in the number of vehicles, particularly two-wheelers.

A control room has been set up at the office of the Police Commissioner to monitor the high resolution images retrieved from the cameras and take note of the violations.

The violation is immediately informed to the police control room which in turn transmits it to the wireless set of the traffic police in that area. If the offender is not caught immediately, the details of the offender are collected from the respective transport authorities and subsequently a fine is imposed on him.

Speaking to The Hindu, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) Rajendra Prasad said that jumping signals and overspeeding were among the common traffic violations. He said that the traffic police could not be present at every place to curb violations. Therefore, cameras had been installed at various points in the city, he said.

“Even though we cannot book all the offenders, vehicle-users will be alert knowing that cameras are watching them. At least this way violations will come down,” Mr. Prasad said.

However, change in ownership of vehicles and change in address of vehicle-owners delayed the process of imposing penalty on offenders, he said.

Speed cameras

In order to check overspeeding by vehicles, six traffic enforcement cameras or speed cameras will soon be installed at locations where there is high traffic density.

Besides detecting overspeeding, the cameras will also capture images of violations, including jumping signals. The camera unit comes with the latest automatic number plate detection, according to Mr. Prasad.

“These cameras are specifically meant for traffic enforcement unlike the surveillance cameras. We can store the data for over a month and present it as evidence if questioned by the offenders,” he said.

Mr. Prasad said the cameras could also help in detecting stolen vehicles.

Locations

The locations where the cameras are likely to be installed include the Kukkarahalli Lake junction near the government press, Kalasthwadi on Bangalore-Mysore Highway, Hunsur Road and Manandawadi Road.

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