From candid snapshots to sleek ad campaigns and everywhere in between, mobile phone photography has advanced rapidly in a few short years, and so have the Traffic police adapted it self to this new technology and turned themselves into Photo Enthusiasts.
In the recent past it is a common scene at junction of Belagavi to find traffic police to clicking pictures of drivers breaking a traffic law for the purpose of sending him a notice of a traffic violation and mainly the violation is non wearing of helmet.
I have seen traffic cops running around when there is the red signal to get that exact candid number plate image which he will send to the Traffic management desk which in turn will issue a notice of the violation to the owner of the vehicle.
At Rajendra Prasad circle on College road, there was a traffic jam due to a fruit vendor standing near the IDBI bank but TWO cops were busy at the circle with their mobile to get that candid number plate shot.
Sometimes these cops just arise infront you from nowhere and take a pic and the driver is awestruck.
The major circles have CCTV installed but even then cops are deployed to take pics, looks like the priorities have changed with time.
The Dharmveer Sambhaji Circle never has a traffic cop to maintain traffic, god knows why no one is ever deputed there and citizens have to manage themselves.
Many still are not aware of why the traffic police are clicking pictures, but they all will come to know once the notice arrives home.
So the next time you see a cop infront of you, do give a smile and say Cheese!