Traffic Police

Rank & Roles

IGP Traffic

The post of Inspector General of Police (Traffic) has been created by the Govt for the purpose of ensuring better traffic enforcement and for enforcement of laws relating to traffic safety in Kerala. The post is designated as Inspector General of Police (Traffic), Kerala. The Inspector General of Police (Traffic) shall, subject to the control of the Director General of Police, Kerala,

  1. be a Member of the Kerala Road Safety Authority;
  2. be a Member of the Executive Committee of the Road Safety Authority;
  3. be a Member of the State Transport Authority representing the Police Department
  4. be responsible for the enforcement of laws and rules relating to safety of traffic on all roads and public places in Kerala;
  5. be responsible for the general management and co-ordination of Preventive Highway Patrolling on all National and State Highway;
  6. organize, with the assistance of District Police forces, enforcement drives through out Kerala on matters relating to safety on the roads;
  7. shall co-ordinate and supervise accident prevention and traffic regulation studies for the purpose of reduction of accidents and for improving traffic flow and management;
  8. ´╗┐peration with the IGP SCRB and Motor Vehicles Department, statistics relating to road traffic as well as road accidents;
  9. co-ordinate traffic regulation, traffic management and road safety programmes with agencies like NATPAC, statutory organisations, under Central and State Governments and Non Governmental organisations
  10. formulate traffic safety projects and traffic safety plans for any area of Kerala in consultation with Local Road Safety Authorities and Committees;
  11. monitor proper utilization of Road Safety funds allotted to Police Department and of Road Safety equipments in the possession of Police Department;
  12. develop and maintain proper accounting system for receipt and expenditure of road safety funds and for compounding fee collected and remitted by Police Department.
  13. attend to such other duties as may be ordered by the Director General of Police or by the Government.

This order will be limited by any order which Government may issue in this connection either amending or adding to any matter specified herein.

SP Traffic

Two Posts of Superintendent of Police (Traffic) viz. Superintendent of Police (Traffic), North Zone & Superintendent of Police (Traffic), South Zone have been created by the Government for the purpose of ensuring better traffic enforcement. The following instructions are issued regarding the duties and functions of Superintendent of Police (Traffic).

  1. The Superintendents of Police (Traffic) will be attached to the offices of Addl. Directors General of Police, North Zone and South Zone and they will function under the general operational control of Addl. Directors General of Police, Zones and the Inspector General of Police, Traffic & RSM and administrative control of ADGP Zone. They will exercise jurisdiction in the respective zones.
  2. They will be responsible for the general management and co-ordination of Highway Patrols on National Highways and State Highways in their jurisdiction;
  3. They will organize, with the assistance of District Police Forces, enforcement drives on matters relating to safety on roads.
  4. They will conduct periodical inspections of Traffic Police Stations/Traffic Units/Highway Patrol Vehicles of their jurisdictions and the reports should be forwarded to Inspector General of Police, Traffic & Road Safety Management and Addl. Directors General of Police, Zones.
  5. They will maintain supervision over collection and analysis of statistics relating to road traffic as well as road accidents in co-operation with DCRBs of concerned Districts.
  6. Monthly analysis of road accidents/petty cases detected should be done by them.
  7. They should visit all accident spots where 5 or more persons died in any accident,
  8. make enquiries about the causes of the accident and report to Inspector General of Police, Traffic & RSM and Addl. Directors General of Police, Zones.
  9. make enquiries about the causes of the accident and report to Inspector General of Police, Traffic & RSM and Addl. Directors General of Police, Zones.
  10. They will visit the places of occurrence of motor vehicle accidents involving trains in which death is caused and conduct enquiry and report to Inspector General of Police, Traffic & RSM and Addl. Directors General of Police, Zones.
  11. They will identify major accident spots in their jurisdiction and conduct accident prevention and traffic regulation studies for the purpose of reduction of accidents and to improve traffic flow and management.
  12. They will formulate traffic safety projects and traffic safety plans in consultation with Local Road Safety Authorities and Committees;
  13. They will co-ordinate the activities of Highway Suraksha Jagratha Samithies.
  14. They will attend to such other duties as may be ordered by State Police Chief, Addl. Directors General of Police, Zones and Inspector General of Police, Traffic & RSM.
  15. They will assist Addl. Directors General of Police, Zones in the management of the respective Zonal offices.

Achievements & Different Innovative Projects of Traffic Police

  1. Enforcement
  2. A major contribution to the Road Traffic Accidents, as per the data for the last few years, is from two wheelers, four wheelers, buses and trucks. Hence Kerala Police concentrated on enforcing basic safety measures such as wearing of helmets by two wheeler riders, seat belts by car drivers etc. Certain preparatory steps were taken initiated as a prelude to the enforcement. They are :-

    1. Identification of Accident Spots (Black Spots) in all the districts was conducted as a joint exercise by police and citizens. The data collected was analyzed in order to identify the causes and contributory factors.
    2. Emphasis was given on enforcement targeted towards the mitigation of such factors in order to reduce the accidents. For instance, roads where wrong overtaking was the cause for many accidents, enforcement was concentrated on penalizing wrong overtaking. Similarly, on a road where over speeding was the cause for many accidents, the enforcement was emphasized on penalizing over speeding.
    3. Special drives were initiated by the District Police Chiefs (District SPs) on a daily basis to keep up the tempo of enforcement and also instill a habit of safe driving amongst the public in general.
    4. Specialized Enforcement Equipment such as Speed radars and Alco meters were acquired by the Kerala Police and issued to the districts. District Police Chiefs formed Special Enforcement teams who could utilize and maintain these equipments. These special teams ensured intense enforcement in accident spots.

    Intensive drives are conducted against selected forms of dangerous road behaviors Viz. Over speeding by all vehicles; reckless driving by Tipper Lorries/ Drunken Driving and Lane Discipline/ Non-use of Helmets by Two Wheeler Riders/ Non-Wearing of Seat Belts/ Reckless/Wrong Overtaking/ lane driving/ Red Light Violation/ Non dipping of headlights etc.

    Intensive Special Drives are conducted against the following traffic offences.

    1. Non Stopping of vehicles at Zebra Crossing
    2. Exceeding Speed limits in front of schools during school hours
    3. Overloading of school children in autos and other vehicles
    4. Wrong Overtaking/reckless driving by Private buses
    5. Special Checking for installation/Proper functioning of Speed Governors in heavy vehicles
    6. VI. On account of Monsoon Season Special Drives were conducted for detecting Over speed of vehicles, functioning of Wipers, signal lights, Parking Lights etc.
    7. VII. During Pilgrim Seasons like sabarimala pilgrimage, Special Checks are conducted in Accident Black Spots
    8. Special Drive against Drunken driving /Over speeding etc.
    9. Indiscriminate use of Air Horns
    10. Non-dipping of head lights during night
    11. During festival season special drives are conducted especially to check drunken driving/over speeding etc.
    12. Special drive to check fitness of break lights/presence of reflectors, Parking lights etc.

    Highway Patrols: With a view to prevent road accidents on the National Highways, 44 Highway Patrols are functioning in the state with an objective to control Traffic, enforcement of Traffic Laws, prevention of accidents, immediate attention to victims of accidents, check Law & Order issues & Crimes on Highways.

  3. Education
  4. Education of the road users plays a significant role in reducing traffic accidents. In connection with the traffic education and awareness programmes for the public as well as school children various awareness programmes on traffic related matters are being undertaken by the Kerala Police with a view to reduce accidents. Such programmes include organizing seminars, quiz competitions, staging of street dramas, conducting education programmes through the traffic mascot, "Pappu zebra". Such Programmes were successfully conducted in all the districts in the state with spectacular results. Road Safety Clubs are formed in Schools on Highway sides and busiest junctions. Accordingly. Highway Suraksha Jagratha Samithies were formed in area on the National/State Highways where Motor accidents are reported frequently. This is an effective mechanism in proposing steps to reduce accidents, rushing victims of accidents to hospitals and educating road-users on various traffic related matters. Various Government and other agencies have been addressed to spread messages of traffic safety including Helmet /Seat Belt usage etc. Various booklets , pamphlets, animation films, short films are prepared and distributed to different kinds of road users through District Police Chief Officials to educate public on road safety. Traffic Education will be given to women and children since the percentage of women emerging as drivers/riders is increasing day by day. The scheme will also cover school children on account of the fact that they are more vulnerable to Traffic accidents.

    A traffic Training School has been set up in Kerala Police Academy using State Plan Fund to give training to the Police Personnel on how to do traffic duties smarter, attending accident cases, giving First Aid, Trauma Care, good behavior etc.

  5. Engineering
  6. Traffic Sign Boards showing speed limits are erected in front of the schools in the state with the cooperation of concerned school PTAs. The following steps have been taken by Public Works Department Authorities to prevent steep increase in the number of accidents

    1. Providing Zebra Crossings
    2. Signboards are erected
    3. Medians provided to stop overtaking
    4. Informatory, mandatory and cautionary signs are put up
  7. Road Safety Equipments for better enforcement
    1. Enforcement Equipments
    2. For better and more effective enforcement of traffic rules and regulations, equipments like Traffic Cones, Retro-reflective jackets, Reflective Batons, Temporary Barricades, Search Lights, Alco meters, Speed Radars and Hand free Wireless Headphones are provided to the Traffic Police personnel as well as to the Highway Police using Road Safety Funds and State Plan Funds. The effective use of the equipments are ensured promptly.

    3. Educational Equipments
    4. Six Mobile Traffic Education Parks are set up for educating School/ College students and others in traffic related matters with computer terminals and Projectors to educate the youth on various Traffic Rules and Regulations.

  8. Specialized Activities
    1. Traffic Training in Institutes outside the state
    2. Selected officers are sent to good traffic Institutes outside the State for advanced training courses in Traffic & Road Safety Management and Investigation of traffic accident cases and also to study traffic management and enforcement in Metros.

    3. Traffic training for officers and personnel at Kerala Police Academy
    4. Training is given to all Police Officers and Personnel working in the Traffic field in various traffic matters, traffic rules and regulations and their enforcement utilizing the services of experts in this field. Police Personnel working in the Highway patrol Groups are given training every year.

    5. Audio Visual Publicity of Road Safety Messages
    6. Wide publicity was given on Road Safety Measures through the electronic media and Cinema theatres. Short films on the commonly noticed traffic violations were made in Malayalam language and telecast in Visual Media and at places of public gathering.

    7. Introduction of Pelican Crossing System in front of schools
    8. As a part of bringing down accidents in front of schools Pelican Crossing System has been introduced in front of schools on the highway side which experience heavy vehicular traffic.