With an aim to create awareness about traffic rules among the people, the traffic branch of Nagpur Police put up at stall at the ongoing CompEx 2019 exhibition, at St Ursula Girls High School, Civil Lines in the city.
Speaking to TLN, deputy commissioner of police (Traffic) Raj Tilak Roushan said the exhibition is all about technological gadgets and today whatever technology the police departments use to prevent crime are on display at the exhibition.
Information regarding all the new initiatives being run by the traffic police is given to the people at the stall like traffic rules, road signs, the E-challan system etc. There is a video wall at the stall attached with a small television set. It plays with informative videos continuously. Similarly, the cops at the stall are also giving information about ‘One Nation One Challan’ initiative with poster carrying detailed information. Giving information about the initiative, Mr. Roushan said, “An end-to-end paperless and seamless e-challan system with all India database, which has in-built deterrence for violators who don’t pay fine. The challans go by SMS. If challan is not paid, driver and vehicle license are locked in RTO and if violator goes to RTO for any work anywhere in India without paying fine, he is redirected back to traffic police to first clear the challan. Same happens at the time of insurance renewal. A challan creation doesn’t take more than two minutes as compared to average time of five minutes for hard challan,” he added.
One can pay through a payment gateway through net banking, credit card, and debit card. It has been tested in demo mode and will be launched soon.
A poster on the pedestrian-friendly signal system coming up at Variety Square is also being displayed at the stall.
The cops have designed QR code-based stickers named Suraksha, which are pasted on all the auto rickshaws of the city to ensure timely help for passenger safety, particularly women’s safety. This would control the crime and keep a check on the driver. The people have to scan the code through their smart phone before starting their journey, particularly during the night. Once, scanned, the passenger can send the information to their friends or relatives through Whatsapp, which would give complete information about their ride. Thus, the entire ride would be tracked and in case of emergency, the police can reach the spot in no time.
Moreover, after completing the ride, the app comes with a feedback form, wherein the passenger can fill the details about the driver’s behavior, the route etc. This initiative will also help to eliminate the unregistered auto rickshaws from the city in future.
The traffic police have taken another interesting and most important step where they have designed an accident analysis app called Sanrakshan.
This app will record the details of any accident on 50 different parameters, which include the road condition at the time of accident, vehicle condition, fault of driver of some other person, environmental condition like whether it was raining or there was fog and the place of the accident like whether it took place in a market or residential area. This app would record and compile entire data of the accidents.
“This compilation of data on different parameters would certainly help us in future,” the DCP traffic said, adding this would help us to chalk out the policies to help in preventing the mishaps”. The data will be shared with other road engineering agencies like the PWD and NMC and would certainly prove useful to them also, Mr. Roushan said.
When asked about the response at CompEx, he said the response was overwhelming with a large number of people including youth turning up at the traffic police stall. “Most of them had queries, which were rightly answered by our men,” Mr. Roushan said.
It was an attempt to get closer to the people with a view to aware them about the police initiatives and more importantly a step towards bringing down the crime rate with police-people participation, he said. In future too, the police department would certainly participate in such events, he informed.