Road accident death rate drops in Kerala after AI cameras became operational: Minister Antony Raju

2 min read
Read later

Antony Raju | Photo: Facebook

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Transport Minister Antony Raju on Friday said the road accident death rate has come down in the state after the Artificial Intelligence (AI) cameras became operational.

Raju, after an evaluation meeting of the AI cameras installed across the state as part of the 'Safe Kerala' project, addressed the press here and said 3,52,730 violations were detected by the cameras from June 5 to 8.

He said Keltron, which verifies the detections, uploaded 19,790 cases on the integrated transport monitoring system and the Motor Vehicles Department has issued chellans in 10,457 violations.

"On an average, 12 road accident deaths were reported in Kerala per day, but after the installation of the AI cameras it has come down to 5-8 in the state," Raju said.

He also added that seat belts will be made mandatory to the drivers and front seat passengers of heavy vehicles from September 1.

"Among the violations, 7,896 were by passengers in cars by not wearing seat belts. 6,153 were riding without helmets and 715 were cases of pillion riders without helmets," he said.

The cameras also detected violations by 56 government vehicles including VIP cars and 10 chellans were issued till now, he added.

The Minister said directions were issued to the Keltron to increase the infrastructure to register the violations detected into the integrated transport monitoring system including increasing the manpower.

Senior government officials took part in the meeting.

The Congress has been raising corruption charges against the "Safe Kerala" project, which aims to reduce road accidents and traffic violations in the state, since its inauguration in April.

Two months after the inauguration of the Rs 232-crore project, the cameras became operational on June 5.

The Kerala government had in 2020 entered into an agreement with Keltron for the project.

In April this year, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had inaugurated the 'Safe Kerala' project, which included installation of the AI cameras, envisaged to reduce road accidents and traffic violations in the state.


Add Comment
Related Topics

Get daily updates from

Disclaimer: Kindly avoid objectionable, derogatory, unlawful and lewd comments, while responding to reports. Such comments are punishable under cyber laws. Please keep away from personal attacks. The opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of readers and not that of Mathrubhumi.


1 min

Kozhikode boy ends life over fake warning message seeking payment for unauthorised online access

Sep 29, 2023


1 min

Class 8 TVM boy goes missing, pens letter and leaves home to meet friend; traced later

Sep 29, 2023


1 min

PG doctors to observe 24-hour strike across Kerala today 

Sep 29, 2023