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Industrial city Ludhiana will be the first city in the state where traffic violations would be caught using cameras besides issuing online challans. After successful implementation of this pilot project, the same will be replicated in Jalandhar and Amritsar smart cities and other towns across Punjab.

While disclosing this here during a meeting of the Punjab State Road Safety Council, ADGP (Traffic) AS Rai said over 1,400 cameras had been installed at 159 locations in Ludhiana. Using these, violators would be detected automatically and the data will be transferred to centralised server at the control room to generate e-challan along with the photo of evidence. Of these, 1,400 cameras, 314 are Automatic Number Plate Readers, which will read the number plate for fetching data of vehicles violating traffic norms, he added.

Transport Secretary Vikas Garg also pointed out that all driving tracks would be modernised as per the present needs so that applicants seeking driving licence could be facilitated while ensuring their tests with latest techniques. Online process is also being started for candidates intending for learning licence, he added. Director General of Council R Venkatratnam directed the Commissioners of Municipal Corporations of Jalandhar, Amritsar and Ludhiana to ensure efficient traffic management in their areas under safe and smart city projects. He said such efforts would definitely curtail number of road accidents.

Expressing concern over road mishaps leading to fatalities, the Punjab State Road Safety Council also directed the concerned authorities to take all possible steps for efficacious traffic management so that the accidents could be averted. In a presentation, Traffic Advisor to Government of Punjab Dr Navdeep Asija said 72 per cent of the total road fatalities occurred on national and state highways and a total of 537 people died due to road accidents in Jalandhar, Amritsar and Ludhiana, which was 11.7 per cent of the total share of road accident fatalities in the state.

In 2021, it was observed that maximum accidents took place between 6 pm and 9 pm, which is nearly 20.7 per cent of the deaths, said Asija adding that there were total 28 black spots in Jalandhar, 21 in Amritsar and 91 in Ludhiana, which should be rectified forthwith.

Impressing upon the need to intensify night vigil on roads especially to check drunken drive, ADGP Rai said traffic police would launch a special campaign to check vehicles in the evening. Earlier, the use of breath analyser was not being used due to Covid restrictions but now with lifting of these conditions, the police would use these devices. He said violators of overspeeding would also not be spared. He urged the people to wear seat belt and helmets while driving vehicles for their safety.

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Quelle/Source: The Tribune, 16.07.2022

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