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Mumbai Police to Track Drunken Drivers through SMS

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In a sincere attempt to take up their share of social responsibility for a safer Mumbai, Mumbai's BPL Mobile, along with Hyderabad based IMImobile is to help Mumbai Police track drunk drivers. Within two months of having being rolled out, this service has already proved its efficiency to serve the Mumbai Police.

Launched in September, the service helps Mumbai Police keep track of drunk drivers, by allowing instant access to their previous records, ensuring repeat offenders do not slip through the net and new offenders are logged on the system from the outset. When the Traffic Policeman stops a vehicle-driver, all he needs to do is SMS the driver's license number to a confidential shortcode, to which the cop receives a prompt SMS in return. The police can then instantly update his record and also slap a suitable fine or file a case on him. Within two months of the service being rolled out, Mumbai Police agree that it has indeed empowered them.

BPL Mobile in association with IMI Mobile developed this application especially for Mumbai Police, providing them with an end to end solution so as to enable them to access the drinking and driving offences' records speedily, crucially and at the scene of the offence via their mobile phones.

An added benefit of the solution is the that the system is able to send out SMS alerts on known offenders to the entire police units, especially useful during busy festival or holiday season. The database is confidential with only top ranking officials who have a complete access to it. BPL Mobile is in the process of developing this valuable service further wherein the provision of onsite registration of offences will not be restricted only to drinking and driving. The service will assist Mumbai Police to take the same action for other traffic- offences like rash driving, jumping signal, lane cutting, no parking, etc.

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