Traffic police in one Chinese province flew two drones to monitor traffic during the rush-hour on the last day of the Mid-Autumn Festival and identify more than 90 motorists suspected of breaking traffic laws.
The drones helped to check traffic flows and identify possible culprits along two Sichuan highways – one connecting the cities of Chengdu and Zigong, and the other linking Chengdu with Mianyang – on Saturday afternoon as the roads were packed with motorists returning at the end of the public holiday.
They were able to reach speeds of up to 100km/h, fly within a radius of 15km and complete a 30km round trip in 40 minutes, news website Scol.com.cn quoted the provincial public security department as saying.
The drones can identify vehicle number plates from up to 100 metres away.
“Road traffic inspection using the drones allows video images to be transmitted back in real time and helps traffic police to know what’s happening with the traffic and take efficient measures,” the report said.
The drones’ activity was also broadcast live on the provincial traffic police’s official Weibo account.
In future live online broadcasts of law enforcement activities combined with police car patrols and drone flights will be a regular part of road traffic management to encourage motorists to obey the law… see more