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It looks like drivers should be less concerned about their vehicles' black boxes recording their every move, and more worried about their neighbors in traffic. Police in New Delhi have dished out 665 tickets for traffic violations, though not by using any traditional footwork. Instead, the local PD launched a Facebook page where fans can submit photos of bad drivers. With 6.5 million vehicles registered to drive on its roads, New Delhi is notoriously afflicted by motorists that tend to alternate between homicidal and suicidal. So far, fans of the Facebook page have submitted a rash of photos of cars and motorcycles in illegal or dangerous situations.
The New Delhi police have admitted that there may be some privacy issues at stake here, but that by and large, the system seems to be working. Citations are sent to the owners of the vehicles and issued by using license plates that are easily visible in the photos. Here's hoping this line of law enforcement remains overseas.

[Source: The New York Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They should try this in Los Angeles which has some of the worst drivers around.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The New Delhi PD will enforce sentences such as crop watering, smuggling for the New York Mafia, and fish tank cleaning.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be amusing to watch the sh t storm rain down if a PD tried that here in the States.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And here's the downside to the information age.. :(

      http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/local_news/long_island/Google-Earth-Used-To-Find-Unlicensed-Pools-20100801-apx

      ( note: i don't dig fox news, but this article is crazy.. )
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's the facebook page for anyone who wants to check it out:
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Delhi-India/Delhi-Traffic-Police/117817371573308
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is no expectation of privacy when you are on the road.

      I know of a number of motorcyclists around here who run video cameras continuously while riding, although in this case, the intent has often been to protect *themselves* from false accusations by the police of "stunt driving", a law which has been frequently abused by the police here, and to protect themselves in the event of shoddy investigations by the police in the event of a collision. It does also mean that if some idiot "cage" driver cuts them off, it's all on camera.

      If you drive in a manner that is accountable for your actions - not cutting people off, not texting on your phone while driving, using signals and mirrors properly - this is a non-issue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a brilliant piece of lateral thinking, if there ever was one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know to many people that would send in photos just because they were ticked off at a driver, regardless of whether they had done anything wrong. Its kind of hard to get a good photo of someone actually committing an illegal action on the road. I would think the photo taker should be ticketed for driving distracted.
      Carlos
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish we had that here in america but I can't imagine the number of lawsuits it's cause
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        When in doubt, just say "Photoshopped!" in court. :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Probably many attempted, but few should win since driving is considered a privilege and not a right. That is why the black box legislation (that will allow recording your driving), and the looming GPS legislation (to enable the states/fed to tax you on miles driven) can be ratified.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think jalopnik had this story yesterday...
        • 4 Years Ago
        And? This is a blog. Not a news site. It will update whenever the writers feel like updating.

        Going back to topic, I think this is a great idea. Only problem: You need to take photos while driving (except if you have any passenger), which doesn't sound very safe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you keep the context of this item limited to India, this is simply awesome.
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