Hyderabad: The Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) smart cameras that have been installed at major junctions across the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate are proving helpful in traffic enforcement. These cameras on average capture about 800 traffic rule violations each day and generate e-challans.
Rachakonda Traffic Wing officials said a majority of the violations included driving in the wrong route, driving without a helmet, rash driving and crossing the stop line at traffic signals.
As part of the Smart City Project, over 150 latest surveillance cameras were recently installed at 24 major and busy junctions, where often there is heavy movement of vehicles. The pictures and videos captured by these cameras are stored in a special data storage unit at the Rachakonda Traffic Control Room apart from at a Traffic Command Control Centre set up for this as well. A separate team of personnel led by an inspector rank official are working on a shift basis in the centre.
The team will both check real-time traffic violations and violations that occurred in the span of two or three days and issue challans. Just by selecting and clicking on the traffic violation images captured by these cameras, officials can trace the violator with the help of the vehicle registration number and challans are generated.
Apart from this, a message regarding the issuance of a traffic challan is also intimated to the vehicle owner by an SMS to their mobile phone. The violation database is stored for about a month in the system and the violator and violation details are constantly updated.
Officials said in the last four months, with the help of ITMS, over 91,000 challans were issued against violators for various traffic violations at junctions. These cameras on the other hand are also helping the law and order police in solving cases quickly.
Rachakonda Traffic DCP A Srinivas said that with the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate being the largest in the State capital, there were frequent road crashes.
“Detailed analysis of the road crashes indicates a human error to be the major reason. Hence, our focus now is on seeking to create awareness among citizens and focus is on preventive measures,” the DCP said.
Some of the notable human errors include negligent driving, over-speeding, drunk driving and self-skidding of vehicles.
The Traffic Engineering Cell staff along with inter-department officials visited nine recent fatal mishap spots and studied the cause of accidents. “Short term, midterm and long term correctional measures are being addressed. The Traffic Engineering Cell staff are continuously coordinating and monitoring the suggestions to rectify the black spots to prevent road crashes in future,” the official said.
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