Given the very high volume of traffic on Delhi roads, it is a given fact that very few traffic violators get caught in the net of the police. Such is the problem of traffic violators in the national capital that in 2018, the Delhi Traffic Police collected Rs 105.99 crore in fines, a 47 per cent hum from Rs 65 crore in 2015. According to experts, some of the reasons behind the rising number of traffic violations in the city include the rise of the neorich, low education and lack of awareness.
In the past, the traffic police have started many different campaigns to keep a check on this problem. One such initiative was to install 96 high-speed cameras to be installed at different city locations to check violations of speed limits and red light violations.
ACTIVITIES ON THE FINAL DAY OF NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY WEEK (04.02.2019 – 10.02.2019) BY THE TRAFFIC UNIT OF DELHI POLICE pic.twitter.com/efCphQa0sQAdvertisement
— Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) February 10, 2019
For the monitoring purposes, the Delhi Traffic Police are also setting up a technologically-sound centralised control room that will be part of its Intelligent Traffic Management System (ITMS).
Now the traffic police have come up with a unique initiative. It comes on the heels of the National Road Safety Week.
To spread awareness and urging people to follow traffic rules, the Delhi traffic police literally held up the mirror to law-breaking citizens. A video, that is going viral, shows an officer wearing a helmet holding a mirror along with several other placards. This was done to encourage two-wheeler riders to wear helmets. Watch the video:
— Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) February 9, 2019
Despite it being a good initiative, many wondered will it serve the purpose to educate the culprits. See the reactions:
Great job officiers. This is unbelivable. Mujje kabhi yahkin nahi tha i hamari police ese bhi kar skti hi. We all are proud of you. Hatsoff.
— Mukesh (@Mukesh31763339) February 10, 2019
Innovative idea of @dtptraffic wear Helmet Campaign.The city drivers need to be taught via your Mirror Education :
‘Lane Driving is Sane Driving’
‘Stop Before Stop Line’
‘Respect Zebra Crossing’ #pedestrians@DelhiPolice @SplCPTrafficDel@dcpter @dcptrafficouter @DCPWestDelhi
— Jasvinder Singh Dhir (@JASVINDHIR) February 9, 2019
Aunty ko fir bhi sharam nahi aai…she is feeling proud…
Hatsoff to Police. Great job
— SB (@SachinBhasin) February 9, 2019
— अभिनीत (@Abhineet_) February 10, 2019
दिल्ली ट्रैफ़िक पुलिस पर गर्व है हमे।जाम मे फँसने पर या किसी तरह की अपनी शिकायत दर्ज कराने पर यक़ीन मनाइए फ़िल्मी स्टाइल मे नही बल्कि तुरंत यथार्थ रूप मे मदद करती है
— शशि शर्मा (@krishnashashi1) February 9, 2019
Sad that our forces are responsible for reminding us to keep ourself safe. There job is to save us from external threats.
And we are the same who do not waste a minute to buy a mobile phone cover to protect the phone from breaking, why this attitude towards head? #RoadSafety
— Pankaj Singh 🇮🇳 (@pks_king) February 10, 2019
Start following rules… No traffic man will be needed
— ममता मनमर्ज़ी (@singhvinaypr) February 10, 2019
I always wear helmet. I would humbly request everyone rider and passenger to please wear helmet in order to avoid any casualty due to an accident.
— सिद्धार्थ सिंह चंदेल (@ItsSiddharthaa) February 11, 2019
The traffic police has been roping in schools and conducting special drives outside institutions on a regular basis.