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COMES TO TOWN Police mobile CCTV units catch violators of traffic laws

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BY DARSHANA SANJEEWA An average of 60 motorists were noticed a day for traffic violations through the CCTV mobile monitoring cameras, the Police said. The Police Department said that 512 motorists had been noticed of traffic violations through a pilot project they initiated on April 4 recently in the Colombo City. The programme monitors traffic violations through CCTV mobile vans and the main monitoring system.

The Police said that 243 three wheeler drivers, 146 car drivers, 48 van drivers, 40 private bus drivers and 35 motorcyclists had been noticed. Special attention will be paid to the violation of lane laws under the programme, the Police said. An officer said that two mobile CCTV vehicles patrol the city twice a day in Colombo.

“The mobile vehicles patrol in the morning and the evening in Nugegoda, Peliyagoda, Mirihana and Mount Lavinia,” the source said. The Police said that they would constantly monitor CCTV footage for traffic violations in the city. Motorists would be informed of the fines or court dates through post after which they would have to visit the relevant Police Station, collect the charge sheet and pay the fines or appear in court.

CCTV cameras installed at major junctions and roads as well as mobile CCTV cameras would be used to gather evidence of any traffic violations. Speaking to the media before the launch of the programme, Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said that there would be no need for a Policeman to be present for a motorist to be fined, when the law is broken. “Motorists can also view the video footage gathered by the Police if they have any questions,” he said.