When asked about Traffic Signals, people of India will chorously shout
- We don’t wait for the Green light. We go at Amber. Or even at Red most of the times.
- There is no such thing as “No Entry”. Whether we enter or not depends on the presence of a cop.
- Helmet? Why should I wear it? No, Never !!!
- Speed limits? What are they? I’ve never heard of them.
- Driving around without a license is my Hobby.
We can’t simply point at Traffic Police and put all blame on them, for they fail to punish each and every Violators, which is PRACTICALLY VERY HARD for them, given the current situation. Its the people’s mentality, which needs to be changed. But what is solution to fix these? We frankly don’t know.
But we are not going to ignore this problem and here is our Crazy attempt to bring in a change. Our attempt might not bring in a change in a month or two. It might probably take a couple of DECADES. But we do have hope, one day, things will change for good and we decided to strive hard to bring that day from a far future to a near future.
Here is our attempt
We are going to take photos/videos of traffic violations that we come across in our day to day life and report to Addl. Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Kilpauk, Chennai, to take action on the violators.
May and June Captures
We upgraded our methods to Capturing Videos, as they provide more lively moving information than a dozen of pictures. Half a dozen videos are recorded in the month of May and June and complaints are sent appropriately.
Apart from written complaint sent to ACP (Traffic), the same complaints have been made in CCTP Facebook page too. But there is not response from the Police yet. HECK!!! Clear sign of failure on the part of Chennai Traffic Police.
One day a Traffic Police enquired our volunteer on what / why he is recording and they had a small chat…
Police: “What were you recording?”
Volunteer: “Sir. No one is stopping @ the stop line, respecting the traffic signals. Is it right?”
“Yeah. Don’t you see? The signal is not working!!”
“hmm… I can very well see that sir. I guess that is why you are here. Wont you question the violators? Enfore the rules?”
Police: (was just starring with a kidding smile)
Volunteer: “Sir. Dont get angry on me. I am not at all here to complaint you. I would like to see things work the way they are supposed to be. Wont it be good to see everyone following road rules. Cant you do something about it?”
“Brother. I can understand your point. I will also be happy to see such things. But tell me something which is practical.”
“Sir. Everything becomes impractical only by us, irresponsible citizens… ”
(Police focuses on the road)
Volunteer: “I am sorry. I guess I am disturbing you while you are doing his duty. I am leaving.”
So, in the opinion of the Traffic Police, it became impractical for people to follow the rules. Incidents like this is like adding fuel to the fire in us. More videos to come in upcoming months, with extra one step of enquiring the status and progress of the complaints via RTI.
All videos are uploaded in our Youtube Portal and can be found @ our Youtube Channel
Further steps in reducing Traffic Violations and hence Accidents:
- An attempt to fix traffic violations – Part 2
- Traffic awareness campaign, Ramapuram
- Traffic Violation Pportal – Vision Zero for India
Thanks to Shrihari Sankaran for the permission to use his BULLET points, which was his answer to a questions in Quora (URL: http://qr.ae/pSEDV)