Last year, Corona knocked in Delhi. Restrictions started from the beginning of March and then lockdown started on 24 March, due to which people were forced to remain locked in their homes. Only those involved with essential services were able to leave their homes, who were issued special passes by the police and administration. By the end of May, the streets of Delhi remained more or less silent and when the unlocking process started, only then could people slowly leave their homes.
More invoices in 2020 than in 2019
In such a situation, there was neither much traffic on the roads nor more people who broke the traffic rules for about three to four months. Even due to fear of COVID, the traffic police had even stopped cutting the on-spot invoice, which continued for several months. In such a situation, it will obviously come to the thinking that in 2019, the traffic police will have less challans than in 2019, but the opposite happened. The figures presented at the Salan press conference of Delhi Police can surprise anyone. These figures show that in 2019, the traffic police deducted more challans in spite of COVID and lockdown in 2020, due to which the amount recovered in fines also crossed the 100 crore mark.
Last year, 1,38,02,975 invoices were deducted.
Special Commissioner of Traffic Police Taj Hassan said that while a total of 1,05,80,249 challans were deducted in violation of different traffic rules in 2019, a total of 1,38,02,975 challans were deducted last year. The most important thing is that during this time, the face of the traffic policemen from the people who broke the traffic rule was very less, because most of the challans were cut based on the evidence obtained through cameras. This is the reason that in 2019, where traffic police issued 51 lakh notice invoices, in 2020 the number of notice invoices more than doubled to 1.27 crore.
4 times reduction in manual invoice in 2020
On the other hand, in 2019, more than 54 lakh onspot challans were cut, but in 2020 their number came down to 10 lakh only. That is, the challans were cut more last year than in 2019, but the number of invoices which were manually cut by the traffic police decreased by four times. This not only reduced corruption charges, but the role of the traffic police in the disposal of challans was also reduced due to the disposal of most invoices by the court and the fine was imposed by the court itself.
Encouragement based on cameras
Taj Hassan said the traffic police last year promoted illegal parking, Dangerous driving, triple riding, and strict enforcement of cameras, especially against those without helmets. Under this, as a pilot project in Delhi, a 3D radar based redlight noise detection system has been installed at 24 junctions, while radar based over speed detection system has been installed at 100 places. A good result of this was seen as a decrease in fatal road accidents in Delhi.
Reduction of fatal road accidents by 19% in 2020
Taj Hasan said that while there were 14% fewer fatal accidents in 2019 than in 2018, the number of fatal road accidents decreased by 19% in 2019 compared to 2019, the highest in the last 37 years. According to the special CP, in Delhi, redlight violations are being installed at 6 other junctions and speed detection cameras are installed at 25 places. The work will be completed by March, after which work will be intensified towards fully implementing the Intelligent Traffic Management System. Its detailed project report will be ready in 8-9 months, after which further work will be started on it.