Wednesday , 17 October 2018

Goans becoming traffic sentinels

PANAJI: ‘Traffic sentinel scheme’, the newly-launched police initiative against traffic rule violations, is  evoking good response from the public as within five days after it was launched around 350 people have enrolled themselves as traffic sentinels and have reported around 415  traffic violations to the police.

The photographs and videos have been sent to the dedicated Whatsapp number 7875756110. They are being examined and subsequently challans will be issued to vehicle owners for traffic violations, the police said.

“There has been very good response from the public. We can also see the change as more and more people have started wearing helmet and following traffic rules. Public have become alert…   they are conscious of the fact that somebody might take photographs of traffic violations on their mobile phones,” North Goa   deputy superintendent of police, traffic, Dharmesh Angle said.

Last week the police launched the ‘traffic sentinel scheme’ to encourage citizens to report traffic violations and create traffic sense amongst road users.

Those who will report traffic violations will also be entitled to cash rewards, depending on the number of traffic violations they report.

Under the scheme, traffic violations, which can be reported by sending photographs or video, are driving against  flow of traffic; parking on footpath/zebra crossing; triple riding; improper number plate;  driving/riding without seat belt and without helmet and driving  a vehicle with tinted glass.

The traffic violations which can be reported only through video clips include red-light jumping, dangerous driving and use of mobile phone while driving/riding.

The citizens will have to register themselves after agreeing to the terms and conditions on the dedicated Whatsapp number.

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