Cannot allow roads to turn into graveyards, says HC
Kochi: Stating that roads cannot be allowed to turn into graveyards, the Kerala High Court observed that it was high time to install dashboard cameras in public transport vehicles.
The HC made the observation while considering a bail petition field by Suneesh, who was arrested after a woman was fatally knocked down by a bus driven by him at Perambra in Kozhikode district. The HC granted bail to Suneesh.
Dashboard cameras (popularly known as dash cams) cost less than Rs 5,000 each. They can record visuals for weeks. These visuals will help understand the reasons behind accidents and nab culprits. They will also help settle insurance claims, the court observed.
Drivers will be more careful when they know that they are on camera and are being watched. This will help reduce the number of accidents. At present, there is no system to observe those driving public transport vehicles. The history, background Information or driving style of such drivers are not examined. Also, there is no system to prevent drivers from driving carelessly.
As many as 4,199 people died in accidents in 2018 while 31,000 sustained serious injuries. In most of cases, the accused were not identified owing to lapses by investigating officers. Not taking advantage of modern technology, outdated investigating techniques and lack of interest from witnesses also helps culprits escape.
The HC directed the government to file an affidavit regarding the use of dashboard cameras. The government advocate, who appeared on behalf of the DGP and transport commissioner, said they were not opposed to installing dashboard cameras.