Panchkula: Motorists continue to violate various traffic rules of the Motor Vehicle Act such as triple riding, using cell phone while driving, jumping lights and over-speeding. However, now the city police have maintained a strict tab on violators as the close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in Panchkula have been made functional and traffic cops are tighening its reach against the offenders. Over the past few months, the traffic police have increased their presence on the roads, and also set up checking points on major roads following which the youngsters violating the rules are now following them due to strictness in the management.
The traffic police have issued as many as 455 challans from September 1 to 17 with the help of the recently installed closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
Meanwhile, following this process, the maximum number of e-challans were issued for jumping red lights and driving without helmets. Also after a long gap, e-challaning has once again come clicking again to Panchkula. As part of Haryana Police pilot project, authorities have worked on this along with an IT firm which has provided infrastructure for e-challaning to Panchkula police.
According to the local police, e-challans were issued on the registered address of violators along with the fine slip which they had to pay within the specified time period mentioned to them on their challan.
Suresh Kumar, station house officer (SHO), Traffic, said, “We found commuters tend to violate traffic rules when they find no cop standing in front of them. But e-challans through CCTV cameras are helping us to catch more traffic violators. “
“We have issued 2,838 normal challans from September 1 to 17 so far. Out of these, 404 were issued for overspeeding, 1,413 for not wearing helmets, 25 for drunken driving, 298 for driving without licence, 169 for jumping red lights and as many as 72 vehicles were impounded’’, told Kumar.
As many as 56 CCTV cameras have been installed across the city on strategic locations. The control room has been set up at Sector 14 Police Station. The project has not only brought the entire town under e-surveillance, but has also paved way for e-challaning system for traffic violations.
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