60 pc transparency reached in booking violators: Saleem

Police Commissioner M A Saleem, on Sunday, said, the city police will achieve cent per cent transparency in booking traffic violators in the days to come, under Mysuru Traffic Improvement Project (M-TRAC).

Addressing the newly-inducted second batch of 25 traffic wardens, here, the commissioner said, “Till now, traffic offenders are being booked in a transparent manner with photographic and videographic evidence, achieving 60 per cent success. Likewise, barring drunk-driving cases, all offences will be booked in contact-less method”.

Saying that traffic remains to be a biggest challenge to be addressed in general, the commissioner said, a combination of awareness and stricter enforcement of law has helped the city police in curbing the offenders to an extent.

He claimed that the rate of fatal accidents, in the city, this year has come down by 31 per cent. Till October this year, 81 lives have been lost in mishaps against 120 recorded during the same period last year. There is also a dip in the number of injured persons in mishaps by 35 per cent.

In the last 10 months, a penalty of Rs 5.45 crore, against Rs 3.92 crore in the corresponding period last year, has been collected. By month end, the sum total of fine amount may touch Rs 6 crore, the commissioner added.

Action plan
After successfully launching drives against helmetless riders, strapping car belts and using cellphones on wheels, in the next level, it has been planned to check defective number plates and vehicles, the commissioner said.

Increasing strength
He said, traffic was the only wing where public too can play an equal role among three the wings in the Police department. “The concept of honorary traffic wardens was modelled way back in the year 1991. Recently, the concept was revived and 25 persons were inducted as wardens in the first batch. It is intended to strengthen the force further with 125 wardens in the coming days,” he added.

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