Friday, 3 October 2014

Hyderabad traffic cops to get tabs: Move aimed at nailing habitual traffic offenders

HYDERABAD: Come December, the Hyderabad police will be using Android-based tablets to gather foolproof evidence to nail habitual traffic offenders and drunk drivers.

As of now, the traffic police are manually uploading the vehicle details along with photograph of the offenders in their office computers and, on top of it, in majority of cases, the details pertaining to driving licence are not being recorded. Similarly, challans generated through speed guns and traffic surveillance cameras cannot record the driver's licence details. Due to these shortcomings, the habitual offenders' identification had not been efficient.

"As of now, we are collecting licence details of offenders in drunken driving cases manually at the time of filing a chargesheet in court. It is not updated in computers making identification of repeat offenders a difficult task. To solve this problem, we have decided to arm our staff with android tabs contain ing a specially-designed app which will have a mandatory field to record licence details of the offender," Hyderabad additional commissioner of police (traffic) Jitender said.

Police are planning to procure 125 tabs, which would be given to 38 traffic inspectors, 25 officers who perform duties on mobile cranes and the rest to sub-inspectors and other staff involved in the enforcement work. All tabs would be connected to the central server at the traffic control room with high speed internet connection.

Once the tabs are made available, the traffic cops performing enforcement work would click the photograph and also record the video of the offence. The video and photo along with details like vehicle registration, driver's licence, time and location of the offence will be updated real-time on traffic police server, which would be linked to the regional transport authority (RTA) database.

As the draft Road Transport & Safety Bill proposes hefty fines ranging up to Rs 25,000 for drunken driving offences, police anticipate more resistance from people unless they bring in more transparency in their enforcement process.

"As all offences are videographed, we expect that it will positively affect the behavior of both cops and the drivers. Similarly, the idea is to reduce payment of fine in cash mode. As of now, offenders caught driving under the influence of alcohol are paying fine only at court, while other offenders can pay penalty by swiping credit or debit card on PDAs available with the official on the road or at a nearby MeeSeva centre. The video and photo will also work as solid evidence in case someone wishes to challenge the charges," Jitender added. Transport & Safety Bill,Regional Transport Authority,Hyderabad police,Drunk drivers,Android-based tablets

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