Traffic management, crime prevention form the core of territorial police’s responsibilities, says L-G
Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi has stressed the need for reforms in policing and implementing traffic rules while maintaining a zero tolerance towards offenders.
Speaking at a meeting to review the work of traffic personnel at the Police Training School in Gorimedu on Sunday, Ms. Bedi said traffic management and crime prevention together represented the territorial police. One was not separate from the other and violation of the law could not take place under the nose of a police officer.
Stressing the need for a zero tolerance approach to traffic violations by road users, Ms. Bedi called upon the traffic police personnel to make maximum use of technology to optimally perform their duties.
The police should maintain a tab on traffic violations by installing closed circuit television (CCTVs) cameras from the Road Safety Funds in different locations. The official videographer must shoot images of violations and send a challan to the offenders.
There should be hefty levying of compound fee even if it was a VIP and let the violator go to the court taking time off.
The Lt. Governor suggested that the official videographer in uniform be stationed every day at 8 a.m. on different signals in the city to record violations. This would instil fear of prosecution among violators.
Ms. Bedi called upon the traffic police to rope in the Home Guards and private security in the regulation of traffic during peak hours.
There should be regular coordination meetings at the level of Director-General of Police, the Public Works Department and the transport authorities on road safety and traffic issues of the month.
She said that good work done by the police would be recognised and every month four officers and four traffic beat officers would be recognised and awarded by the government.
Director-General of Police S.K. Gautam, Senior Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Apoorva Gupta and police officers were present.