Bangalore: Bangalore police has come up with a unique traffic awareness program. They have posted several videos of accidents on social networking sites.
Is it a three-wheeler on two wheels? A nose-diving film stunt? A clearly drunk driver? Well, you can be the judge, or you can learn the lesson - traffic rules are not just for vehicles but pedestrians too and if you break any - you'll find yourself on the Bangalore police's Facebook page.
Additional Commissioner (Traffic) Praveen Sood said, "We're loading these clippings to make people understand a small mistake is leading to loss of life. The message here is not to post-mortem the videos - the message here is it can happen to you and me.
Seeing is believing, say officials at the traffic management centre - which has 180 surveillance cameras across major junctions in the city. So when they launched their Facebook page last month, they decided to use their vast video library to put a scare into Bangaloreans about simple traffic rules that they know, but don't follow and, it's been getting some good responses.
Sood added, "Videos can do what a thousand lectures can't do. We want them to know what is seen on video can happen to us. They think nothing happened from past 30 years of my driving but I say you've had innumerable misses or near misses which could have become accidents - thank god for that."
Yes, it's a discussion board, a complaint box, even a virtual shoulder to crib on and the social network for the Bangalore traffic police is also another forum to tell the 40 lakh Bangaloreans who own vehicles that it's not just important to how fast you get to places but also important how well you get there.