Plans to use Facebook to seek public feedback

Jammu, Dec 29: Going innovative, the traffic department is planning to take advantage of the reach of the community site face book- to seek public feedback for streamlining the traffic system acro...

Jammu, Dec 29: Going innovative, the traffic department is planning to take advantage of the reach of the community site face book- to seek public feedback for streamlining the traffic system across the state.
The Traffic Police is planning to open a departmental account to register complaints and seek suggestions and information, especially from the youth for better regulation of traffic, Inspector General of Police (Traffic) Hemant Kumar Lohia told media persons here today
About 950 precious lives have so far been lost in different mishaps across the Jammu and Kashmir State in 2010, the traffic police is looking forward to use public feedback to reduce such incidents in future," he said
He said the people would be able to lodge their complaint and make suggestion on the Facebook page of traffic police. They would also be able to inform police about the mishaps and traffic jam and various other things which would help to improve traffic system across the state, he added
Claiming that the department is also looking forward to modernize its system of working, Lohia said, the traffic police would soon have four hi-tech intercept vehicles- two each for Srinagar and Jammu to improve surveillance and efficiency in tracking down the violators. Capable to keep eye on an area of 1.2 km and costing Rs 30 Lakh, the camera fitted vehicle will be connected with the server in the police control room and simultaneously with the traffic police control room. It would also help to apprehend criminal and anti-social elements, he said adding that  six more such intercept vehicle would be procured in due course of time.
He also referred to the electronic signal system and said that the department has already submitted a proposal to the government in this regard. These signals would help improve lane driving as the drivers often take wrong turns and change their lanes leading to mishaps.
Lohia said that traffic police challaned 12, 000 vehicles for violating traffic rules during the year. He however regretted off the one million vehicles plying on the roads of the state and every one is violating traffic rule.
Referring to the unregistered vehicles, he said that around 300 vehicles are running on the roads without registration number, posing a threat to the security of life and property of the people.
"The police have been kept on alert and asked to seize vehicles plying without registration as-and-when they (vehicles) are spotted," the senior traffic police officer said.
He added "We have given an December 31 ultimatum to all the people including police to register their vehicles with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) and in case of non compliance, the traffic police would challan these."
Advocating stern action against those violating traffic rules, IGP Traffic said that the people are making mockery of the rules and there is a need to frame strict rules to check such violations.
IG Traffic Lohia said that the department has recommended to state law commission to revise the rules for increasing the punishment for negligent driving and violation of road safety rules from 2 years to seven years.
Making a dig at transporters, he said if they do not make any mistake why are they making hue and cry over the registration of cases in the event of huge loss of life.
Referring to the Road Safety Week (RSW) being organised by traffic police   from January 1-7, he said, the week long activities would witness active involvement of NCC cadets drawn from various schools. These cadets would help traffic police in educating people about the traffic rules, he added.
He claimed traffic police was trying its best to solve the problem of traffic and reduce the chaos-and-confusion on the roads.
For this purpose, he said, the department has taken number of steps and also submitted a  proposal to the government for construction of nearly 16 foot bridges across Jammu city.
Advocating the idea of 'vehicle-pooling-system', the IGP Traffic said that the people should adopt this concept as it would not only reduce burden on the roads but also help to strengthen social fabric.

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