Traffic police to share baton with citizens for safer roads

Think twice before violating traffic rules when the police are not around. A fellow citizen might click a picture of you jumping a signal or riding without a helmet and send it to the traffic police.

Of late, Hyderabad traffic police have been getting information about traffic violations ‘with evidence’ from the public on social media.

In the last five months, traffic police have issued e-challan to around 600 drivers after receiving complaints about violations on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Kumar said, people can report the violation by posting the photographs of law-breakers on their official Facebook page and Twitter handle ‘HYDTP’ or send it on WhatsApp to the traffic police on 9010203626.

“While uploading the photographs of the violators, they must mention the type of violation, location, date and time, so that we can forward the same to official concerned for issuing e-challans with evidence,” he said, adding that registration number of the vehicle must be visible in the photographs.

According to Mr Kumar, each day the traffic police receives several complaints on social media and they could impose penalty only on a very few, as the complainants do not mention the details of violations.

“We have issued nearly 300 e-challans after receiving complaints on WhatsApp, 236 complaints on Twitter and 87 on Facebook, in the last five months,” he said, adding that cases were also booked against policemen for violating the rules.

Recently, a traffic cop was booked for not wearing a helmet after receiving a complaint on the Twitter handle. Later, they posted “#HYDTPallRequalBeforeLaw We won’t wink at the violations of our men.

We will definitely shoot him with e-challan. Traffic Law is equal for all and should be followed for our own safety. Please wear the helmet. Happy riding.”

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