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Serving e-challans on traffic rule violators stepped up in city

A policewoman using the ‘AerialTraffic Control System’ installed at the Police Commissionerate in the city, to monitor vehicle movement. File Photo: K.Ananthan

A policewoman using the ‘AerialTraffic Control System’ installed at the Police Commissionerate in the city, to monitor vehicle movement. File Photo: K.Ananthan  

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Attempt to make vigil of electronic eyes more effective

The Coimbatore City Police have revisited the mechanism of serving the electronic challans generated by electronic eyes (i.e., surveillance cameras) installed as part of the Aerial Traffic Control System (ATCS) in a bid to step up the drive.

Hence forth, violating a traffic rule in the absence of a traffic constable is no guarantee for going scot free as the chances of e-challans reaching your door step has been increased.

Without serving the challans and fining the violators, the system may prove to be ineffective. Fining the violators on the spot and sparing the remote violators may not be judicious, says P. Sundaravadivel, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (holding additional charge as Deputy Commissioner of Police – Crime and Traffic).

Mr.Sundaravadivel said that ensuring discipline and curbing violations to enhance road safety was ordered by Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore City T. P. Sundaramoorthy.

Hence, the traffic police personnel have been asked to step up the practice of serving the challans at the door steps of the violators and make them turn up for paying the penalty. Once the challans start reaching the door steps, violators would feel the heat and abide by the rules on the road even in the absence of a traffic constable. To step up the drive and clear the backlog of challans, now post cards are being sent to the address given in the registration certificate of the vehicle.

Police personnel on completion of duty hours, while going home, are given a set of challans pertaining to violators near their house to be served, he added.

The serial numbering of challans has begun, serving the challans and their disposal on payment of penalty are now being reviewed on a daily basis. Of the nearly 700 challans generated in January and till date in February, more than 400 have been served and disposed.

Nearly 60 to 65 per cent of the challans of 2011 i.e., the backlog have been cleared. In cases, where the violator has changed address, steps have been taken to trace the present address and traffic police on enforcement duty also look out for the vehicle that violated the rule and is yet to honour the challan.

On an average 30 to 40 challans are generated by the ATCS at the modern police control room. The decision to generate a challan for a particular violation is taken after seeing the image generated by the camera.

In the event of a violator disputing the challan was at liberty to visit the control to see the captured image to convince him or herself of the violation in question.

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