Despite numerous efforts by various authorities and the Traffic Police itself, traffic discipline in Delhi is disappointing. Low chances of being caught is one of the main reasons why habitual offenders don't take traffic rules seriously. Soon though, things might change as the Delhi Traffic Police is in the process of testing systems that will enable automatic detection and prosecution of traffic violators. Equipped with 3D radar technology and non-intrusive sensors, the system can track multiple vehicles at the same time, claims a Times Of India report.
How does the technology work?
The radar technology used in such systems is equipped with visual/ wired traffic light detection. The system can monitor speed as well as red light violations at the same time, making it easier to fine offenders in a shorter frame of time. Such cameras are capable of taking clear pictures of not just the registration plate but also of the driver. This ensures that in case of violations and even for accidents and crimes, there is a greater chance of producing clear evidence. Using radar technology rules out any chances of error in speed recording or time lag and hence the system can automatically detect violations and also compare them to an online database, making it easier to spot habitual offenders or criminals. Once spotted, the registration plate will be matched to the the registered address and the fine documents will be mailed to the user.
While Delhi Traffic Police hasn't yet spoken officially on the exact bouquet of technology being used by them, the system's working principle would largely be the same as explained above with the differences lying in the end applications.
Boon for Police?
The system being implemented by the Delhi Traffic Police is under testing phase right now and based on the data gathered from this testing, the system will be implemented in more locations across the city. The present cameras used by the police require to be set up on the roadside and it only gives out the speed recording against a given registration plate. Hence,a team of cops has to be deployed to stop the offenders and fine them manually. Once the new 3D system comes into widespread adoption, the cops can focus on managing the traffic only and bottlenecks created due to stoppages for checking/ fining too will get reduced.
Fines for almost all traffic violations were increased by upto 10 times recently in order to deter people from breaking the traffic laws. Coupled with the widespread implementation of this technology in some years, it'll become almost impossible for a violator to escape being identified and fined. On that account the system will also contribute to road safety by deterring users from breaking rules.