The cover article of the recent issue of SAT Plus magazine dealt with the topic of the deployment of traffic patrols and how exactly the police determines the locations where they will control drivers.
Namely, the Ministry of Interior of Serbia uses GDi application – based on the spatio-temporal analysis of data on traffic accidents, categories of traffic participants (passenger vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, etc.), factors that influence the occurrence of accidents as well as the severity of the consequences of the accidents themselves – to determine the locations where it is necessary to control the drivers.
GDi software for mapping locations with an increased risk of traffic accidents has been used since the beginning of 2020 in all police stations in Serbia to direct traffic police activities to places where traffic accidents occur. The goal is to detect and sanction violations, not with the aim of achieving quantitative results, but to precisely sanction those violations that lead to traffic accidents in a certain place.
Based on the selected planned activity of the traffic police in traffic control (for example, detection of offenses of exceeding the permitted speed or driving under the influence of alcohol), the application determines the locations where it is necessary to control road users during a certain period of the day. The application determines the locations where traffic police officers should carry out traffic control based on a database of traffic accidents that have occurred in the previous five years, both in the inhabited places and outside them.
GDi application is regularly used in the daily work of the MUP, and is used as a basis for handing out tasks and picking places for the control of all road users – both drivers and pedestrians. The Ministry of Interior states that the application for guiding the work of the traffic police significantly improved their work and affected traffic safety because it enabled them to detect violations precisely in the places where traffic accidents occur.