The Department of Traffic invests in technology to improve road safety

The Department of Traffic invests in technology to improve road safety

In order to generate integrated solutions to improve the management of vehicular traffic in Pará, the State Department of Traffic (Detran) held, on Wednesday morning (20), the presentation of the technological tools available in its Central Road Operations Control, Sentinela , for representatives of bodies such as the State Traffic Council, the Metropolitan Transport Management Center and the Executive Secretariat for Urban Mobility of Belém, as well as Detran employees and traffic control agents.

For Detran’s general manager, Renata Coelho, “the investment in technology makes Detran’s work optimized to ensure safer traffic for the entire population, which is the agency’s main mission”.

Inaugurated last year, Sentinela is a video surveillance system whose goal is precisely to make circulation safer with the use of technology, by monitoring the flow of vehicles in the municipalities where it is installed – highway BR-316, from km 0 to 18, and state highways that cross approximately 80 municipalities.

The Central is made up of computer monitors, through which traffic images are displayed in real time, and equipment installed on the highways that transmits the images to the agency’s headquarters in Belém. With this information, the inspection agents working at the plant will be able to outline intervention strategies on the roads in previously mapped sections, based on this visualization.

Vehicle analysis tools such as speed regulators, license plate readers, scales with overweight warnings and variable message panels are part of the Central. In this way, the agency can remotely monitor the volume of traffic on the roads and identify irregular vehicles, due to, among other things, late licenses or recordings of robberies and thefts.

“The tools that we present today through Sentinela are important to be able, through them, to guide our work in the fields of engineering, road education and inspections. They also help us a lot in the field of road safety, as they tell us where ‘it is the highest number of vehicular traffic “, explains Detran’s technical-operational director, Bento Gouveia.

Gouveia enumerated the possibilities with the technological apparatus. “With this, we will make better signage, avoiding more accidents, avoiding traffic deaths, planning better and more assertive inspections, so that Detran can, in fact, meet the demand and not do it empirically, but directly.”

The sending of the data collected by Sentinela to the traffic agents is celebrated by the latter, who will be able to work more effectively in the inspection of irregularities, such as speeding, for example, which is one of the main risk factors of circulation. “One of the biggest challenges for Detran inspection officers is to discover the areas that have the highest incidence of infringements, so with this data being presented in this automatic electronic report it’s easier and we can focus vehicles and blitzes on these points.” , commented supervisory agent Leonam Brelaz.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), a 5% increase in average speed increases by about 10% in accidents with injuries and by 20% to 30% in fatal accidents. Halving road accidents and deaths by 2030 is among the UN’s 12 global road safety goals. It is also one of the objectives of the Detran Strengthening Road Traffic Enforcement in Brazil project, approved by the United Nations Road Safety Fund and overseen by ECLAC.

This targeted inspection work, whether to curb speeding or other irregularities, has already brought results. “For users this certainly brings more safety on the road, because with a monitored road we are able to reduce the accident rate. In Paragominas, for example, in the sections where our electronic equipment is installed, we have had no accidents since November “, commented Manoel Costa, Sentinela traffic engineer.