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CHANDIGARH -Slow down, speed cameras will be watching

November 22, 2019 05:32 AM


Slow down, speed cameras will be watching
Rajanbir Singh

CHANDIGARH : Working to rein in speedsters, the traffic police are all set to install hi-tech speed radar cameras, complete with LED screens to display approaching vehicles’ speed, at six locations in the city.

The equipment will be installed by Pune-based firm Ador Powertron Limited on November 25.

Speeding was the cause of 93 of the 98 fatal accidents witnessed in Chandigarh in 2018, a report released by the Union ministry of road transport and highways recently had revealed. Of the other five fatal accidents, one was caused due to jumping red light, while the other four were unspecified.

“Speeding is the primary cause of accidents in the city. The radar system will be used to make commuters aware about their speed, thereby, en-couraging them to slow down,” said Shashank Anand, senior superintendent of police (SSP, traffic).

Explaining how the system works, deputy superintendent of police (DSP, traffic administration) Kewal Krishan said,“Whenever a vehicle crosses the speed limit, the LED screen will blink to alert the motorist. Although the system is equipped with cameras to help issue challans to violators by clicking pictures, it will be initially used to create awareness. Enforcement will follow later.”

According to traffic police officials, the five intersections that saw the most number of accidents this year were chosen for the initiative. Besides, one feedback screen will be temporarily installed on the road dividing Sectors 46 and 49.

One of the officials behind the cameras’ procurement, inspector Ashok Tuli said, “The cameras had been purchased through Government e-Marketplace (GeM) for ₹12.6 lakh. The equipment will be powered by electricity, and remain unaffected by weather. But, will have a battery backup of around four hours for power cuts.

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