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Traffic Violators Beware: New Public Eye App launched by Bengaluru Traffic Police

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To curb traffic violations by involving public, a newer version of the Public Eye application was launched in the city on Thursday under the aegis of Bengaluru Traffic Police and ichangemycity.com, a hyper local social change network – an initiative of Bengaluru based JanaagrahaCentre for Citizenship and Democracy.
As many as 26,700 active citizens will be assisting the Bengaluru Traffic Police to register cases against traffic violators. These active citizens are associated with ichangemycity.com.
N S Megharikh, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru City launched the new app. Dr. MA Saleem, Additonal Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Swathi Ramanathan, Sylvia Veeraraghavan, Vivekananda Gatty from Janaagraha and other senior police officers were present.
Inaugurating the application, N S Megharikh, Commissioner of Police said, “Citizens must be proactive on social media in giving information about traffic violations and crimes so that we can crack the cases in time. However, informants’ identity will be protected.”
Megharikh said “The two-wheeler riders have become a big nuisance. Most of those who die in the road accidents are two-wheeler riders.”
Speaking on the occasion Dr Saleem said, “28,908 traffic violators have been booked after the launch of the public eye since November 2012. It would be impossible for the police to nab traffic violators without the active involvement of the public. So this new initiative will help the traffic police to nab traffic violators.” Further he said “There are more than 56 lakh vehicles in the city and it would be impossible for traffic policemen to be present at every junction and cross road. As of now, there is only one traffic policeman for 5,000 vehicles in the city.”
The initiative is expected to empower citizens to be more responsible. The new public eye mobile app works on a simple mantra of aim-click-send. To ensure this, one needs to download and register on the app, and use the mobile app to capture a clear image of the violator and send the picture.
Both the app and the site are user-friendly. It allows users to upload multiple high resolution images. It has the ability to upload multiple images and there is no restriction on file size. If GPS is active, the location will be detected automatically when the user clicks and uploads the photo. Thereafter, the traffic police will issue notices to the errant drivers/two-wheeler riders and take action.

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