Kathmandu, October 15

Valley traffic police have installed dashboard cameras in 50 patrolling vehicles to help them catch serious rule violators.

The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division said it has provided all 34 units with at least one dash cam each as part of its efforts to go hi-tech in traffic management. Laxmi Intercontinental Pvt Ltd, the sole distributor of Hyundai motors in Nepal, had recently handed over 50 units of the device to the MTPD.

According to traffic police officials, the dash cam can continuously record the view through the vehicle’s windscreen. It is attached to the interior windscreen or to the top of the dashboard. This provides video evidence in the event of an accident or traffic violation.

The camera can record video of up to 24 frames per second with the resolution of 1280×720 pixel with sound and supports the memory card up to 64 GB which can shoot video for non-stop 24 hours. The camera has in-built GPS system which helps to show location, date, time and speed of the target vehicle with real-time map. It has a wide angle lens that can cover approximately 132 degrees view.

The MTPD said traffic police can initiate action against rule breakers without giving any chance of argument with the help of evidence retrieved from the dashboard camera.

Earlier, traffic police had introduced GoPro cameras, wearable devices, to catch lane discipline violators. The effectiveness of body-strapped camera is truly high and is helping wearers initiate evidence-based action against rule violators, the MTPD informed. The camera records audio and video data while on-duty cops perform their duties on the road. The footage can be used to ascertain whether a motorist violated traffic rules or not.