Bengaluru: While having to pay hefty fines has not proven effective enough to bring down the number of traffic violations, the Bengaluru Traffic Police has now come out with an alternative aimed at educating people about traffic safety.
Contrary to the perception that traffic police are interested in collecting penalties, the traffic police through its pilot project will now make violators watch a 25-minute instructional documentary to create awareness on basic road safety rules.
Instead of paying a fine, offenders can now choose to watch the documentary which will be aired at Forum Mall, Koramanagala and will be rolled out in 10 other parts ?of Bengaluru, mainly ?at major junctions across the city in the coming weeks.
“The documentary focuses on the positive effect of wearing helmets and seatbelts, why motorists should not use mobile phones when driving and the dangers associated with drunken driving,” informed Abhishek Goel, DCP Traffic (East).
Though the move has received appreciation from few, others feel its easier to pay a fine than having to watch a 25-min documentary.
Notably, this year the traffic police had recorded the highest colletion of fines.