The Hush Post: The Chandigarh Police had started an initiative as long back as 2011 in which a traffic violation information slip (TVIS) is sent to the vehicle owner’s house who violates any traffic rule in the tricity, without the police being physically present during the traffic violation. Any citizen who sees traffic rule being broken can click a picture or make a video and send it to the traffic police’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ChandigarhTrafficPolice), Twitter handles (@trafficchd and @ssptfcchd) or WhatsApp number (9779580985).
As many as 18,323 challans have been issued on basis of pictures shared on WhatsApp this year so far, as compared to 87 through Facebook, this year alone. Such pictures have led to about 40,000 challans in the past seven years.
Offences that get reported often are jumping the traffic signal, stopping the vehicle on the zebra crossing and driving two-wheelers without helmets.
“Write the time and location of the offence and make sure the offence is clearly visible in the picture. Also make sure that the number plate of the vehicle is visible,” said Senior Superintendent Of Police (SSP, traffic) Shashank Anand, while talking to a national daily.
Challan in the form of a TVIS is sent to the address of the vehicle owner registered with the transport authorities, if it is in the tricity. The challan can be paid to the challaning branch at the traffic police lines in Sector 29 within a month. Otherwise, it is sent to the district courts for further action.
The social media handles can also be used for reporting shutdown of traffic lights and jams caused by waterlogging. Women can use them to report harassment too.