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How Rahee helps traffic police

How Rahee helps in making our roads safer

Before we delve into the details on how Rahee can actually help making roads safer and complement city's traffic laws enforcement, we need to look into the major issues which make our roads so dangerous and unsafe. 

Problems

Needless to say India has many issues as far as personal and commercial road transport is concerned, but here is a small list of the major identifiable problems.

ROAD DEATHS: Road traffic accidents, according to the WHO, are the second major cause of death in the world while India holds the dubious distinction of registering the highest number of road traffic accidents globally. Every day more than 350 people die on Indian roads. Every minute someone dies on Indian roads. From car owners to pedestrians, no one is safe.

ROAD RAGE: High levels of stress are causing increased incidents of road rage. People are killing each other as its a “free for all” situation in Delhi roads.

POLLUTION: Chaos due to poor traffic management is also responsible for increasing air pollution. Traffic congestion reduces average traffic speed. At low speeds, scientific studies reveal, vehicles burn fuel inefficiently and pollute more per trip. Delhi has replaced Beijing as the most polluted capital city of the world. Across major Indian cities, our children are paying the price as their lung capacity is reduced by almost 50% due to sever air pollution. results in increased noise pollution too via incessant honking.

TOURISM: Worsening traffic situation coupled with poor enforcement is hurting tourism too. Delhi roads are infamous amongst tourists because of the chaos due to poor enforcement of traffic laws. Delhi can never become a world class city if its roads are not safe.

Reasons

POOR LAW ENFORCEMENT: The public, which includes law enforcement officers too, has a “chalta-hai” attitude ingrained deeply within us. While driving, we don't care to follow most traffic rules because we know the enforcement is poor. There are no challans for wrong lane changes, stepping on zebra crossings, criss-crossing vehicles etc. Many people do not care to pay challans, and there is no strong deterrent which discourages drivers to commit traffic violations. People are just not afraid of breaking the rules.

LACK OF MANPOWER: Lack of manpower, poor infrastructure and long working hours pose a big challenge for the ill-equipped traffic police as they try to control the increasing chaos.  Every year more than 5 lakh vehicles are added to Delhi roads but the manpower in traffic department has not even risen by 20%.

POOR INFRASTRUCTURE: Pot-holed roads, absence of proper signages and poor road markings are equally to blame.

CORRUPTION: The image of traffic police is not public-friendly, most of us are accustomed to corruption. People have become habitual giving bribes to get away with challans or court summons. Commercial vehicle drivers always carry "bribe" money separately to grease the palms of multiple enforcement officials during various check-points on route, so they don't care if their vehicle is over-loaded or polluting heavily. They know they can easily get away with it.

Why Rahee?

Rahee plans to reduce the load on traffic police, do away with corruption, bring transparency and increased sense of law obedience by using technology and crowdsourcing. Below is a simple workflow on how Rahee works:

  • Crowdsourced challan enforcement: A mobile (iOS/Android) application which users can download on their smart phones and use it to record traffic rule violators. The moment a picture or short video is taken, the location, time and photo gets uploaded to the centralized database. 

  • Tamper-proof evidence collection: The only way to add photographic evidence of an offence is through the Rahee mobile app, which makes sure that the photo is not tampered. Photos cannot be edited by end-users in any way.

  • Manual case validation: Volunteers will approve each submitted case to make sure that it captures an actual offence. After that these validated cases will be accessible to the traffic police so that they can issue challans. All this information will be stored in a central database. 

  • Gamification: User who submitted the case will get a notification if the traffic police issues a challan against the vehicle using user submitted proof, and Rahee system will assign user points for their contribution. 

  • Deterrance: People cannot just get away by merely paying the challan amounts. We need a strong deterrence so that the offenders learn not to break traffic rules frequently. We are developing APIs (application programming interface) which can be accessed by the motor vehicle insurance companies so that the insurance premiums of frequent offenders will be affected on insurance renewal of the vehicle. Each vehicle (against which a report is submitted via Rahee) will be given a unique rating via our algorithm and this public rating can affect the resale value of the vehicle too.

We have created a technological platform, named Rahee, which will help police in enforcing traffic laws through crowd-sourcing and without incurring any additional financial burden. The solution is 100% free and we estimate that within one year we will bring down roads accidents by 60% and ensure road safety as well as reduce pollution by 20%.