New Delhi, capital city of India, is also one of the largest city in the country as well, with a population of over 12 million people. The city has only 5,000 traffic officers to surveillance the enormous traffic of the city. And to add to that, city has lot of careless drivers who don’t care about the traffic laws.
But, something changed 2 months back. A Facebook page started by Delhi Traffic police, everything was normal, until people started posting images and videos of drivers breaking traffic laws. However, Delhi Traffic Police never told fans to post such images and videos, and it all started by itself.
This initiative from these “informed citizens’” has provided some good results. Till now, this page has around 17,000 fans, with around 3,000 images and some videos. Traffic police has successfully issued 665 tickets with the help of these images, and there are a lot more to come. Unfortunately, 50 tickets from these 665 were issued to police officers.
Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of Delhi Traffic Police, said that now Delhi Traffic police has team of 4 officers who continuously keep a watch on this Facebook page. They not just keeps track of reckless drivers, but also inform about traffic condition in different parts of the city. Mr. Garg added “We advise while you are driving not to take a photo”, as using camera while driving violates traffic rules as well.
This is one of the better way of using social networking site that i have seen in recent times. Keep going “Delhites”.
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