| Over the limit |
Dec. 9: Traffic police will soon have speed interceptors to help put the brakes on rash driving in the streets of Guwahati.
“The process to procure speed interceptors has started. Tenders will be floated, following which a committee will evaluate the bids and select the firm. Hopefully, by next year, we should have the hi-tech gadgets that will help rein in speed offenders,” an official in the state transport department told The Telegraph today.
Speed interceptors are devices that can record speed, time and location of an offence and provide fool- proof evidence against an offender.
Sources in the department believe the device is fool- proof, as it is equipped with a camera, radar and a printer that will capture the image of a speeding vehicle and produce a printed photograph.
“The cost of the device will be around Rs 35 lakh. The gadget will be fitted to special vans at checkpoints,” he added.
For a city like Guwahati, which has close to six lakh vehicles plying on the road, the transport department’s move to introduce speed interceptors will come in handy for the traffic personnel to keep tabs on reckless driving.
For now though, with New Year’s eve approaching, traffic police, in the absence of the machines, will have to bank on their instincts to nip offence in the bud.
“We have our task cut out in terms of curbing the offence, as we are not equipped with speedometers. However, with New Year’s eve approaching, we are gearing up enforcement to check reckless driving in several points, including highways,” a traffic police official said.
The speed limits for private and commercial vehicles are yet to be clearly defined in Guwahati, unlike the metros and some other cities.
In Delhi, for instance, the speed limit for private vehicles is 60 to 70kmph in most stretches, while commercial vehicles are not permitted to go beyond 40kmph.
“The speed limits will be defined for drivers in Guwahati once the process is streamlined and speed interceptors put in place in co-ordination with public works department. The limits in highways and central areas of the city will vary,” the police official said.
Speeding violations are booked under Section 112/183 of the Motor Vehicles Act.
Traffic violations have been on the rise in the city, keeping the police on their toes.
This year, according to figures with traffic police, as many as 1,01,342 cases were detected up to August and Rs 1,91,12100 realised against the offences.
The police are also gearing up to keep drink driving at bay, through the use of breath analysers.
“As it is, the incidence of drink driving and over speeding, which have resulted in accidents, is always high during weekends. Now with New Year approaching, we have to be extra vigilant to keep drivers honest,” he said.
Currently, traffic police have 11 breath analysers at its disposal.
“We are carrying out random checks, but we will require more breath analysers, as the menace of drink driving has assumed alarming proportions in the city,” the police official added.