Imagine if reporting traffic violations could earn you a cash reward, or in the near future win you a motorcycle or car!
The Goa police under its smart policing initiative, the ‘Traffic Sentinel scheme’ is already offering cash rewards to citizens who are reporting violations over a period of time!
Here’s all you need to know about the scheme:
- The Traffic Sentinel scheme was kick-started on November 10, 2017.
- Under this, any citizen in the state can send photos and videos of violations they come across with details of the violator’s vehicle (for e.g. number plate) to the contact number – 7875756110.
- Depending on the nature of the violation, the complainant (whose identity is kept confidential) gets certain points. For e.g, if the watchdog reports a violation where three people are riding on a two-wheeler, they get 10 points, whereas if they report a violation where someone has parked on footpaths or zebra crossings, the complainant earns three points.
- Once the traffic sentinel managed to collect 100 points, they can claim a reward of Rs 1,000.
According to a Times of India report, over 40 traffic sentinels have been rewarded Rs 3.4 lakh till date.
It also adds that the traffic department of the Goa Police receives over 1,000 violation complaints from 1,500 citizen sentinels via WhatsApp under the scheme per day. And sometimes over 300 cases are reported by a single traffic sentinel.
If your next question is what happens to the violators, well, they are issued notices under the Motor Vehicle Act, post which they have to settle charges at the traffic cell.
The Goa police is now planning to hold a lucky draw wherein a sentinel may have the exclusive chance of even winning a motorcycle or a car!
Speaking to TOI, Director general of police Muktesh Chander, who received the special jury award from Union minister Vijay Goel said, “We are also in the process of disbursing an amount of Rs 8.6 lakh for another 39 sentinels.”
You are now only helping the traffic cell crack down on violators, but getting a reward in turn too! This is certainly a model that could be replicated across cities that continue to grapple with a persistent rise in traffic violation cases.
(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)