Friday, October 29, 2004

Cops gear up to catch more traffic violators

Cops gear up to catch more traffic violators
Vijay Times

Bangalore: Traffic violators, beware. Prying eyes of the traffic police may catch you violating the rules.
The City traffic police are out to book more cases of traffic violations. The existing six Traffic Enforcement Automation Centres (TEACs) will now be extended to all the 29 traffic police stations. This will ease physical checking, say the police.

Set up in 2002, the centres are now functioning at Indiranagar, Cubbon Park, Basavanagudi, Audugodi, Vijayanagar and Upparpet along with the Central Automation Centre -- the hub -- on the 14th floor of the Public Utility Building (PUB). Earlier, people who had to pay fines for traffic violations were asked to pay it at any one of the six centres or at the PUB. However, the traffic violators can pay the fines at jurisdictional traffic police stations from November onwards.Presently, the traffic police book around 30,000 cases every month through the six existing centres.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, East (Traffic) M A Saleem said: "The traffic police will be adding one more server to the existing one at the Central Automation Centre. This will enable us to book as many as 60,000 cases every month."

Earlier, the police scaled down the cases as only 1,000 could be fed into the computers and processed through a single server and the additional cases were overlooked. An additional server would enable to process twice the number of complaints a day and none of the traffic violators would be spared, said Saleem.

He said that from 2002 till date, the centres had booked 1.5 lakh cases and the number of cases would double from November onwards. The traffic violations recorded by the Video Violation Wing or the Field Traffic Violation Wing would be taken very seriously.

Saleem said that if any traffic police constable noted down the vehicle number for violating traffic rules, the vehicle owner was sure to get a charge slip for the payment of fine. The fine should be paid within 15 days or the person would be chargesheeted after a reminder. The collection of fines was computerised at all the 29 police stations and receipts would be issued to the errant drivers immediately, he added.

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