More roads under camera

S. Anil Radhakrishnan
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Bid to keep tabs on traffic offenders

Traffic offenders beware.
Traffic offenders beware.

The Motor Vehicles Department, in partnership with the Kerala Road Safety Authority (KRSA) and the police, will install more cameras to keep tabs on traffic offenders and monitor traffic on the National and State Highways in the State.

The success of the automatic traffic enforcement systems, installed in Thiruvananthapuram and on the Cherthala-Mannuthy stretch of NH 47, had made the Transport Department think in terms of implementing it across the State in a bid to bring down the number of road accidents in the State.

The KRSA would install the cameras in the Mannuthy-Manjeswaram stretch while the police would do it in the Cherthala- Kaliyikkavila stretch, Minister for Transport Aryadan Mohammed said.

The KRSA would bear the cost of cameras in the southern districts.

The high penalty being imposed for traffic violations (Rs.1,000 for a red light violation) had brought in some road discipline, KRSA officials told The Hindu . The lack of human interference in the enforcement had also been hailed as no offenders were being let off without paying the fine. It was estimated that around 700 cameras would be needed in the State.

Rs.40-crore project

The police had asked Keltron to execute a Rs.40-crore project to install 150 automatic speed detection and response systems. As many as 75 spots in six accident prone stretches would be under the speed-detection scanner.

The automated detection system, developed by Keltron, would automatically search and print addresses from the MVD database. Reflective and non-reflective number plates can be detected by the system that includes a video camera that records and stores visuals for 30 days.

The spots shortlisted for installing the speed detectors include Kovalam - Kottiyam (NH), Venjaramoodu - Chengannur (SH), Sakthikulangara - Ambalappuzha (NH), Alappuzha - Changanassery (SH), Thrissur - Kuttippuram (NH), and Palakkad - Malappuram (SH).

The work would be completed by October this year. The MVD and the police would carryout the enforcement with technical support from Keltron.

Another 50 automatic speed detectors would be installed at 25 locations in the second phase at a cost of Rs.5 crore.

During the first eleven months in 2012, as many as 3,688 persons had lost their lives; 23,470 sustained grievous injuries; 13,603 minor injuries in 32,922 accidents in the State.

Rash, negligent, and drunk driving and non-utilisation of safety devices such as helmets and seat belts had been the main reasons for road accidents.

  • Efforts to bring down number of road accidents

  • Automatic speed detection systems to be used




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