Traffic cops to wear camera on uniform

Measures to check violations on road

Delhi Traffic Police personnel will now get cameras clipped on their uniforms which will provide live feeds to control rooms. Inspection vehicles will also get cameras for gathering evidence against errant drivers, along with HD CCTV cameras at five prominent junctions.

“To begin with, 200 body cameras will be issued. It is part of our endeavour to introduce intelligent traffic management measures,” said Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi.

Police have also installed 50 vehicle-mounted surveillance cameras. These measures are likely to help reduce traffic congestion and keep a check on traffic violations.

The HD CCTV cameras have been installed at ITO, AIIMS, Kashmere Gate ISBT, Dhaula Kuan and Laxmi Nagar. “These areas are prone to traffic congestion,” Bassi said.

Police will keep a watch on traffic at these junctions and take timely remedial measures. These would include alternative diversion plans and issue of traffic advisories and alerts.

The cameras will help in capturing dangerous driving, traffic signal jumping and lane violations. “It can prove to be a deterrent for motorists indulging in dangerous traffic violations, risking their lives as well as of others,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sharad Agarwal.

Senior police officers also hope that body cameras will help improve transparency in the system. “Introduction of such cameras will bring in transparency while dealing with public and will help in avoiding genuine as well as malicious complaints,” Agarwal added.

The measures will boost mobile and web application ‘Delhi Traffic Police’ which received the e-Governance national award last month.

Bassi said the force will continue to adopt technology to reduce public inconvenience. The app was launched in September 2015 and has seen 50,000 to 1 lakh instals.

It provides information about traffic alerts and advisories apart from facility to lodge complaints against autorickshaws  and taxi in case of harassment, overcharging and misbehaviour.
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