| A policeman checks the speed limit of a bike on Bailey Road. Telegraph picture |
Police would have speed guns in their arsenal early next year to check reckless drivers on the city streets.
The first speed gun acquired by the police last year was tagged “useless” after they used it for six months. The police would get a dozen new ones next year.
Sources said the new speed guns would have in-built cameras to shoot vehicles that disregard the speed limit so that their owners can be tracked down and fined.
“Patna police would soon have 12 speed guns,” a senior police officer told The Telegraph. “The exact date when the consignment would arrive is yet undecided but we expect it to come early next year.”
He added: “Care has been taken to ensure that the new machines have in-built cameras unlike the older one that did not have this feature. We don’t want another embarrassment.”
The officer added that vehicle owners and drivers who violate the speed norms would face the music once the police receive the new equipment.
The police had paid Rs 38,000 for the speed gun they purchased last year. “The speed gun was bought in mid-2011. It wasn’t used until December last year. Then, from January this year, it was used to catch bikers violating speed limits on the streets,” said the officer.
He added: “But this speed gun did not have a camera. Hence, it was difficult to identify and track speeding motorists.”
As an alternative, policemen were deployed in various parts of the city. If the officers at one place detected a speeding car, they would inform their colleagues at another place over the wireless.
“However, there was always an element of danger in this. There were chances of accidents,” the officer said. He added: “The plan was dropped in April and the machine was packed up.”
The machine would soon be returned to the Chennai-based company from which it was purchased.
All that, however, would soon be a thing of the past. The new equipment — priced at Rs 5 lakh each — would empower the cops. “Speeding is a major problem in Patna. Motorists and bikers zoom on the roads at high speed. Bailey Road and Airport Road are the frequent sites of such violations and resulting accidents,” said another police officer.
He added: “We also have information about a gang that organises bike races on the streets. Bets are placed on the results of the races. All that would be stopped soon. We are chalking out a plan.”
Speeding and dangerous driving can attract a fine between Rs 400 and Rs 1,000.