The Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) has harnessed technology to make roads safer.
Under the Keltron umbrella, the MVD is expanding the use of artificial intelligence (AI)-driven automated license plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to enforce speed limits and detect traffic violations in through Kerala in real time.
The latest 3D Doppler Vehicle Tracking Radars and Red Light Violation Detection Systems (RLVDS) will bolster the ANPRs. The traffic control system will cover accident-prone sections, with emphasis on national highways, mofussil roads, suburban settlements and townships.
The extensive field surveillance grid is wirelessly linked to the District Law Enforcement Control Rooms (DECRs) and the Central State Control Room at Transport Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram.
Deployment August 15
The government has scheduled the rollout of the new application system for August 15.
The MVD’s “lidless eyes” will bombard road safety violators with tickets for offenses such as breaking red lights, driving above the legal speed limit, exceeding on the left side, non-compliance with the mandatory safety belt and helmet standard, one-way violation, use of mobile phone while driving, illegal and non-compliant license plates, unauthorized and anarchic parking, driving in triplicate on two -wheels, causing traffic jams and overloading.
The MVD will notify the vehicle owner of the violation by mail, email and cell phone message within 24 hours. The ticket will contain photographic evidence, the time and place of the violation.
In particular, the DECRs will automatically check whether the vehicle captured by the camera has a valid insurance and pollution certificate. The system will also report vehicle history and pending fines, if any.
An MVD team worked with Keltron President N. Narayanamurthy and others to install the statewide monitoring network. An analysis of traffic violations that covered crash black spots identified viewpoints for the installation of the static system. A fleet of mobile law enforcement units will augment the surveillance grid.
A state police official said automated traffic control would make roads safer, primarily for pedestrians and two-wheelers. “Receiving a challan fine shortly after a traffic violation is an effective deterrent,” he said.
According to MVD records, about 1,440 or more road accident victims have been reported in Kerala till April this year alone. Police recorded almost 15,000 accidents over the four months.