COIMBATORE: Traffic police officials in the city have been provided with special mini-surveillance cameras that can be fixed on their uniform shirts.
According to Police Commissioner Sumit Sharan, in order to avoid untoward disputes between motorists and traffic policemen, this effort has been made and 70 mini-surveillance cameras have been provided by 'Uyir' organization at a cost of Rs 20,50,000.
The cameras can be fixed along with their uniforms. The camera sim card has a capacity of storing visuals recorded for eight hours continuously and is connected to the police control room.
We frequently see motorists picking up quarrels with traffic policemen in various parts of the city after being caught for traffic rule violations. They claim that officials on duty demanded bribes. In order to avoid such a situation, the cameras are being given.
On a trial basis, 20 cameras were given on Wednesday to traffic inspectors and sub-inspectors, and the remaining will be given to special sub-inspectors, head constables and constables working in sensitive areas, added the COP.
As many as 4,000 cases have been recorded with the help of five surveillance cameras fixed at traffic signals on the Avinashi Road and fines of Rs 6 lakh collected with the help of the 'police eye' app.
Around 9,000 cases have been registered and Rs 21 lakh fines collected. Efforts are being made to install more surveillance cameras at signals on the Trichy road, added the Police Commissioner....