Hanoi police on Tuesday began sending traffic tickets to the homes or workplaces of violators along with photos of their infringements which are captured by the city’s surveillance camera system.
Around 400 surveillance cameras have been installed across the capital city to help police monitor the condition of traffic on the city’s streets as well as penalize people who flout traffic regulations, according to the Hanoi road and railway traffic police division (PC67).
Police officers of the traffic control center monitor and record video footage and photographs of traffic violations on the streets of Hanoi, especially on major routes.
The traffic tickets will then be sent to the owners of violating vehicles with photos captured by surveillance cameras as proof, after officers have looked up information of the owners in the police database.
On the first day of the operation, police in Hanoi recorded 42 cases of traffic violations and sent the penalty notices to the vehicle owners after indentifying them based on their license plates.
Regarding situations in which information of vehicle owners cannot be retrieved or the violators refuse to comply, their recorded license numbers will be informed to patrolling officers to seize the vehicles upon notice,the Vietnam News Agency quoted Lieutenant Colonel Huynh Tan Nam from PC67 as saying.
Officers will also send the information to local vehicle registration centers to impose the punishments.
Lt. Col. Nam also added that the new method is aimed at raising people’s awareness of traffic safety and help traffic police focus more on controlling the city’s traffic flow, thus reducing congestion.
During the pilot of the method in the first ten months of 2015, traffic police in the capital city issued penalty notices of over 2,000 cases of traffic violations including disobeying traffic signals and traveling on the wrong side of the road, according to Dan Tri newswire.
The system of traffic surveillance cameras also helped the city’s police spotted two hit-and-run cases in which the vehicles and drivers were tracked down.