'Trafficop' to be launched on Friday
Manish Umbrajkar, TNN 20 November 2009, 02:12am IST
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PUNE: In order to inculcate traffic discipline among motorists, the traffic police along with the Science and Technology Park, in a first of its kind initiative in the country, will launch a project titled Trafficop' in the city on Friday.
Under the hi-tech mobile-governance project, the traffic police will be able to maintain a history of all traffic violations by every individual motor vehicle user. Beginning Friday, the traffic policemen will be provided with smart mobile phone devices by which they will be able to record traffic violations.
Speaking to TOI, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Manoj Patil said the initiative will help in bringing about a major change in maintaining traffic discipline. "One of the main hurdles in taking action against traffic violators is that the traffic police do not have access to past violations by them. Under the Trafficop system, a record of traffic offences will be maintained which will be of immense help to the traffic police department," he said.
The traffic police will be in a position to produce a record of traffic violations on the spot. Information about all such traffic violations will be stored on a computer server on a daily basis. "This initiative is the first of its kind in the country," Patil said.
The initiative will be launched by state minister for energy and water resources Ajit Pawar at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy for Development Administration, Baner. Hi-tech mobile phone devices will be distributed to the traffic policemen. Among others who will be present on the occasion include: H K Mittal, advisor and head of department of science and technology's national science and technology entrepreneurship development board, divisional commissioner Dilip Band and police commissioner Satya Pal Singh.
The traffic police, in the meantime, have launched the Accident Response and Analysis System (ARS), which helps in maintaining a record of all road accidents. The accident cases are later analysed considering various criteria like nature of the vehicle, road conditions, time of the accident, etc. The ARS was launched in July this year. This too is the first of its kind initiative in the country of the traffic police along with the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture.