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Traffic police go hi-tech to catch offenders

THE ACCIDENT rate may have gone up and the crime rate not exactly coming down, but the city police can claim to have caught up with the "high-tech culture" of Bangalore in some ways.

A new system named `Automated enforcement for traffic control' has been introduced in the city. This involves the traffic police personnel noting down the registration number of vehicles caught violating rules and passing on the information to the Automation Enforcement Centre equipped with computers, related software and a vehicles database provided by the RTO.

Based on this, computerised `challans' are generated, conforming to the Motor Vehicles Act and sent by post to the registered owners of vehicles that violated the rules. Repeat offenders will be spotted by the computer system and their licenses will be proposed to be suspended or cancelled depending on the severity of violations. "This system has already shown its effect in the sense that people are feeling the deterrent force of the law," police officers say.

Now, close to 150 traffic police personnel have been trained in the use of hand-held `Simputers' into which they can feed details about vehicles violating rules. This information is then fed into computers at the police station level to help generate the `challans' or stricter action.

Another aspect of enforcement or to be more accurate, detection of traffic offences, where the police can claim some success is related to drunken driving. In 2004, the city police booked 19,142 cases of drunken driving, up from 10,163 the previous year. The traffic police were equipped with `alcometers' (breathalysers) for the first time in 2001.

Over speeding is considered an important cause of road accidents, and the traffic police now possess Laser-based Speed Vision equipment which can quickly spot vehicles exceeding the speed limit. The total number of cases booked using the Speed Vision in 2004 was 5,099.

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