This weekend, Maharashtra government fined 15 truck drivers after they were found cutting lanes by a drone operating on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway.
Drones were used for the very first time to monitor traffic on the highway, which has often proved fatal.
Amol Tambe, Superintendent of Police (Highways), Pune Region, said: “We conducted the demonstration for the first time and used two drones in the Ghat section between the Lonavla exit and Khalapur toll plaza in order to monitor traffic on both sides.”
Aerial pictures of lane-cutting by 15 drivers was captured by the drones. Tambe said, “They were given challan either at the Urse toll plaza or Khalapur toll plaza.” The expressway was monitored between noon and 4pm.
Shiv Sena Minister said “indiscipline and rash driving” led to an increase in road accidents, and added, “We do not have control over rash driving as the length of the expressway is long and there is insufficient police staff for surveillance.”
In June 2016, 17 people died and 43 were injured when a luxury bus rammed into two vehicles and then fell down 20 feet from the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. He also said the idea of drones was introduced because CCTV cameras have their own limitations.
The use of drones in India is slightly dubious. Civilians aren’t allowed to use them but the import of drones isn’t banned. Also the government is allowed to use them for security and surveillance purposes.
VIA : indiatimes
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