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Indian Police Use Facebook To Issue 665 Tickets

Facebook users encouraged to help traffic cops

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India is often considered a place of car guys’ nightmares, where the roads are packed with vehicles and anything from a motorcycle to a bus is likely to swerve across lanes and run red lights.  But Indian police are now addressing the problem in an innovative fashion, using Facebook as a sort of crowdsourced traffic camera.

The Delhi Traffic Police have established a Facebook Page for the sake of allowing citizens to post photos of lawbreakers.  The Page has proven quite popular, collecting around 17,700 fans to date.

What’s more, almost 3,000 photos have been posted, and those have led to 665 tickets being issued so far.

There are potential problems, of course.  Photoshop represents a threat of sorts, and people have been warned not to photograph other drivers while they’re also behind the wheel.

Still, it’s perhaps possible to judge the success of the program by a fact Heather Timmons reported after interviewing New Delhi’s joint commissioner of traffic: "The Delhi Traffic Police now have a dedicated team of four officers who monitor the Facebook page around the clock . . ."

Let’s hope India’s roads become a little more pleasant – and safer – as a result.

Indian Police Use Facebook To Issue 665 Tickets
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  • Bob

    LOL. Only in India. All you need is a Photoshopped picture of the car of that nasty neighbor whose house has more Christmas lights than yours and they canned. Wait, they don’t celebrate Christmas over there right? :-)

  • Guest

    Dear Bob,
    I am very disturbed by your comments. Your point here is valid that people might misuse this medium by using Photoshop or software of that sort. But the way you put it shows your knowledge about the world. Do you know that in India they celebrate the Christmas? There are some percentage of population who are Christians.
    Try to think twice before you write comments like these. Realize that they are comments in public and not a private chat.

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