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Agra: Excited about the proposal of introducing new technology like body-worn cameras to help cops book traffic violators and drones to keep tab on smooth flow of traffic, Agra city traffic police claimed that it will help them in tightening the noose against the unruly, who after violating traffic norms enter into dispute with cops over spot challans (a kind of traffic fine).

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Speaking to Times Of India, traffic inspector Yashpal Singh said, “The introduction of technology in managing the traffic is a good initiative. Often our traffic cops face great difficulty against the traffic violators, who turn hostile when they are challaned for not following traffic norms.”

“Since not every traffic cop is up to date with technology, a special training session is required to operate body worn cameras and drones. But most importantly, our men also need to have gas mask and proper shades to work in extremely harsh conditions. Every third day, four cops are on sick leaves and return only after minimum two days. This part of job is also need to be checked by higher authorities,” he said.

As per traffic cops, there are 194 traffic cops in Agra, out of which nearly 50 cops, including SP traffic, circle officer (CO) traffic, one traffic inspector, 12 Sub-traffic inspector and 35 Head constables will be given training to operate body-worn cameras.

Speaking to TOI, CO traffic Ram Prakash Yadav said, “By the end of this year we expect to have dedicated drone cameras and body-worn camera along with few dash board cameras for traffic cops. This kind of technology will really help our men to manage traffic and will boost moral even if somebody threatens them, as all we be recorded.”

TOI earlier on May 19, had reported that five drone cameras will be given to traffic cops along with hand held display device to have live feed of traffic movement. One dash board camera will be installed at SP traffic car.

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