Beware violators of traffic rules! CCTV cameras installed at four important locations of the city are keeping a hawk’s eye on you. And the Goa police have started dispatching challans to those who have been captured by these CCTVs violating traffic rules.
CCTV cameras have been installed at four locations — Divaja Circle/city bus stand, Church Square, Miramar Circle and Dona Paula circle.
The office of the superintendent of police, traffic, Mr Vishram Borkar is the nodal point to monitor the movement of road users, who could be surprised to find a policeman with a challan at their doorsteps for traffic rule violations.
The cameras for electronic surveillance of traffic movement have been made functional as soon as the Traffic Safety Week got over. Four trained lady police officials have been assigned the job to monitor CCTVs continuously for 12 hours. They work in shifts and have already dispatched challans to 40 traffic violators within two days.
The deputy superintendent of police, Mr Anant Virnodkar said watchful eye was being kept on traffic violators for double parking, dangerous parking obstructing the smooth flow of traffic, moving on a two-wheeler with more than one pillion riders, over-speeding, dangerous riding and rash and negligent driving.
Once the police officials get the vehicle registration number, they visit the site, which is pointed out to them by the RTO, and find details about the violator and then issue him or her challan, which has a mention of time, date and place.
Scenes of road rages, which will be buttressed by evidence, will be stored in the backup.
Mr Virnodkar informed that they would issue challan even if the driver sits in a parked vehicle for a long time obstructing the smooth flow of traffic on the busy roads along Farmacia Salcete, Hotel Kamat or Lucky Restaurant, M/s Hassan Electricals, Divaja Circle and Miramar Circle. People have tendency to make their drivers sit in the car and go for shopping and return after long hours. Sometimes road users just park their vehicles in the middle of the road without bothering about the traffic flow, he said.
Mr Virnodkar told The Navhind Times that the police personnel from the rank of police inspector and above have been empowered to note any vehicle violating the traffic norm and issue a challan within a week.
During the Road Safety Week the traffic police booked around 5083 cases under various sections of the Motor Vehicles Act for traffic violations. [NT]