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Posted at: Jun 15, 2019, 6:48 AM; last updated: Jun 15, 2019, 6:48 AM (IST)

With cameras, state to apply brakes on overspeeding

With cameras, state to apply brakes on overspeeding

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, June 14

In a bid to check over-speeding and identifying vehicles at fault, the Traffic and Highways Police, Haryana, are going to install 80 automatic number plate readers (ANPR), infrared (IR) flashes and 40 pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras on 20 foot overbridges on a stretch of 186 km between the Kundli border and Ambala district on National Highway-44.

According to the authorities, the equipment would keep constant vigil on vehicles, criminals and anti-social elements.

The movement of the vehicles will be monitored from the first-aid centres of the Haryana Police, situated near foot over-bridges. The authorities claim ANPR technology would help the police in rapidly scanning thousands of vehicle number plates to identify suspected vehicles in real-time.

“The tender has been allotted to a company and DGP Haryana Manoj Yadava has constituted a committee to check the quality of the equipment. After the green signal from the committee, the equipment will be installed,” said Raj Shree Singh, IG, Traffic and Highways Police, Haryana.

Initially, the gadgets are being installed at 20 points. Later, more such equipment would be installed, she said, adding that CCTV cameras are to be installed at various locations on the highway for surveillance.

According to sources, 11,500 accidents take place on the state roads every year, leading to 4,500 deaths and injuries to 10,000 people. Over-speeding is the most common reason for fatal accidents and accounts for 40 per cent of accidents.

Apart from over-speeding, overloading accounts for 31 per cent of accidents and drunken driving 10 per cent.

Using mobile phone while driving, negligent driving, technical snags in vehicles and wrongly stationed vehicles are also big reasons behind accidents. Trucks, tempos and tractors account for 30 per cent of accidents, while Jeeps and cars for around 25 per cent.

Fast can be fatal

11,500 accidents take place on the roads of Haryana every year, leading to 4,500 deaths and injuries to 10,000 people. Over-speeding is the most common reason for fatal accidents and accounts for 40 per cent of accidents in the state. 

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