Citizen Activism Exposes 33, 000 Traffic Violation Cases in City

Citizen Activism Exposes 33, 000 Traffic Violation Cases in City

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 2015-12-09 02:41 Bengaluru: The denizens of Bengaluru are very keen on helping the Bangalore City Traffic Police (BTP) to deal with the traffic rules violation. Considerable number of them are making the best use of technology, internet and social media to report traffic violations to police. And it is solely because of this aware public eye that since 2012 about 33,000 traffic violation complaints have been registered. Complaints, mainly related to footpath riding, riding without helmet, lane discipline and several other violations have been exposed due to the responsible citizens. Many volunteer to take picture of the vehicles during traffic violations and upload it on BTP website. Even the social media is playing a vital role in apprising the department traffic offences in city. The responsible citizens have also exposed bribery cases involving the traffic policemen. Because of this year since July 2015, nearly 24 traffic police men including two Assistant Sub Inspectors have been suspended by the BTP commissioner. In the past, the BTP Commissioner had suspended four PSIs serving with towing vehicles (Tiger) for receiving bribe. Most of the eye openers are youngsters who are active on internet and they keep updating BTP whenever there is an offence. A mobile application Public Eye developed by the police department has been well received by the public and aptly used to alert the department by sending pictures of vehicles used for traffic violations. M A Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Bangalore City said, “The Bangalore Traffic Police is very friendly with public and as a result many are coming forward to report traffic violation cases. Already 33,000 cases of traffic violations were reported by public”. “To track bribery, department has its own channel and in some cases public is also helping us by providing proper evidence of our staff receiving or demanding bribe”, he added. Mentioning about parking violations in city, Dr M A Saleem said, “Every Month an average of 10,000 vehicles are towed by Tiger and in 2015 alone till date, over 80,000 vehicles were towed and the owners penalised,” he informed.