An eye for an eye


Picture of a ” Red Speed ” camera installed at the junction of Cubbon / Kamaraj Road. For the cynic in you ( & me, I must confess) wondering how effective are these cameras without a corresponding mechanism to catch offenders, here is an eye-opener.

The roving eye of a Red Speed camera will grab an image of the vehicle’s registration number, and the penalty challan will reach the offender’s home.

Apparently, ” ……during a pilot drive, the camera fixed on Cubbon Road recorded 8,000 violations in 15 days.” How many of those received challans is anybody’s guess. I, for one, didn’t receive any. But then, I use city autos to escape from having to drive!

Here’s the pic of the camera’s controller.


One of these days, I’m gonna jump the signal and overspeed. All around midnight. That’s about the only time I guess one will be able to indulge in both violations.

Then to see if someone sees red……

8 Comments so far

  1. Radman (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

    what is the significance or purpose in placing flowers in the form of a puja for a red light camera controller? wtf

  2. Y Trip (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

    It won’t be long before someone throws a sack over the machine, or puts one of those ugly hoardings of local wannabe politicians. Where was this picture taken ?

  3. Giridhar (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 8:48 am

    I know that these things will work. I was once caught by the cctv in nandanam signal and a notice was sent to me for stop line violation

  4. blr bytes (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 10:18 am

    Perhaps it might be wise for the police to look at these five studies that show Red-Light Cameras Increase Accidents

  5. xylene (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

    I am not sure how long this will be functional. Much of the speed detecting devices with the police are already scraped.

  6. xylene (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

    I am not sure how long this will be functional. Much of the speed detecting devices with the police are already scraped.

  7. Pisipati Sriram (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 9:11 am

    The skycams are useful in tracking speed violators and to reign them in by despatching penalty notices or challans. It can be effective, if it is strictly implemented. When helmet and seat-belt wearing is made mandatory, there was a lot of hue and cry from vehicle drivers. After all the rule is made in public or specifically vehicle drivers’ safety and interest. Aren’t they following the rule now? There will always be blacksheep and rule benders.

    While as someone correctly observed what will happen if someone throws a sack over the Red Camera or an ugly political hoarding erected in front of it blocking it, it is not difficult for law enforcers to nab the culprits and drive some sense into their little and wayward minds. Given a free hand, cops are capable of setting order in no time. The skycam system is in vogue in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast and in some other cities in UK , Scotland and Ireland and is functioning. Perhaps it is also being attempted here.

    These speed detecting devices can be effectively used and errants set right with public cooperation. For instance traffic accidents do take place irrespective of best traffic regulation. But if traffic cops and the system are wound up, it would result in total traffic anarchy. Public awareness and education are must.

  8. rambhai (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

    what if the car that violates the speed limit is not a bangalore registered car??? does it send challans to other states RTO too??. and why is the cam covered flower . i hope somebody didnt break a coconut over it

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