According to a survey by the Center for Science and Environment, Delhi Police is more alarming at night as 50% of the accident take place in the dark.
According to the police, last year, in less than two months, 40,000 people were prosecuted for over speeding. But, this year, it took roughly five months to match last year’s tally. Till June 15, this year, 48,000 were fined for the offence. Till September last year, the Delhi Traffic Police had channeled 1,80,000 people for over speeding. The numbers show that the interceptors have not been put to use but this has not deterred the city police to try and add another 11 to their kitty as can be seen by the tender that has been floated for the purchases recently.
The Delhi traffic police for the first time purchased 11 day-and-night interceptors in December 2014. At that time, the cost of a single interceptor was Rs 23 lakh. According to the tender floated, Delhi Police require 11 interceptors fitted on a car, Maruti Ertiga. “The equipment-must be cap able of detecting speed violation within one second by the laser equipment not ready to brave rains AAP government and Delhi Police lock horns again and additional three seconds auto-focus function for dynamic targeting capable of taking video and still-picture from video frames. The camera view should be clear both in sunlight and dark hours. The image of reticulated/cross wire shall also be view-able from the eye piece or on the target screen,” Delhi Police say in their tender document.
Till May 2016, 631 people have died in road accidents. Now, cops are claiming special drives will be held for curbing the speed menace. Earlier this month, in a case of hit-and-run, two morning walkers, including an elderly man, were killed and another critically injured, when a speeding Honda City car driven by an inebriated BBA student hit them in west Delhi’s Janakpuri. The impact of the accident was such that the senior citizen, who was killed, was flung several meters away. Similarly, in April this year, a 32-year-old marketing executive was killed by a speeding Mercedes allegedly driven by a minor in Civil Lines area in north Delhi at night.