Karnataka Police to Implement Immediate SMS Alerts for Traffic Violations

Bengaluru's Karnataka Traffic and Road Safety wing a part of the state police is set to introduce an instant text messaging system to notify motorists immediately upon committing a traffic violation. Initially this system will be integrated on the back-end of AI-based Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras deployed in Mysuru city and the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway with plans to extend it to other cities like Hubbali-Dharwad Mangaluru Belagavi and Davangere.

Alok Kumar Additional Director General of Police Traffic and Road Safety Karnataka explained that messages will be sent to the mobile numbers linked to the detected vehicle registration numbers captured by the ANPR cameras. This initiative aims to enhance compliance with traffic rules by creating an immediate deterrence effect fostering greater awareness among vehicle users.

Additionally the move is part of the police's broader objective to digitize the traffic fine issuance process making Karnataka the first state to go completely paperless in this regard. A total of 1 766 e-challan devices have been deployed across law and order and traffic police stations facilitating non-cash payments through UPI debit and credit cards. Cash payments will be the last resort.

Furthermore the police are emphasizing the use of body cameras during physical drives ensuring transparency and accountability. A significant number of body cameras have been deployed and the authorities are working to establish a direct link with the Department of Treasuries to channel all payments directly to the government increasing overall transparency in transactions. The implementation of this link is expected within the next 10 days.

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