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Goa’s traffic sentinels swell up to 7,775

Over 1.85 lakh cases of traffic violations booked

Panaji: The traffic sentinel scheme of Goa police, which has completed two years, has so far 7,775 registered members or sentinels.

The scheme was launched on November 10, 2017, and the related notification was issued in November 2018.

So far, over 1.85 lakh cases of traffic violations have been booked, while there are more such cases wherein notices have been sent to the traffic violators. The cases have been reported by the traffic sentinels.

A senior police officer said that the traffic sentinel scheme has a deterrence effect, as more and more compliance is being seen among motorists, especially two-wheeler riders on the use of helmet while riding.

Apart from the traffic sentinel scheme, traffic enforcement and awareness on road safety have also played a key role in the increase in compliance of traffic rules, said police officials.

According to police, several traffic violations are reported by the traffic sentinels in a day through the Goa traffic sentinel (mobile) app. Police said that the scheme was started with an idea to encourage citizens to report traffic violations and create traffic sense amongst road users. Those who report traffic violations are entitled to cash rewards. Certain traffic violations carry points and once 100 points are accumulated, a sentinel is rewarded Rs 1,000 (per 100 points).

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