Friday, 14 September 2012

AES set to get snapping with 14 cameras on roads

PUTRAJAYA: The Automated Enforcement System (AES) is set to be implemented this month with 14 of its 831 cameras operational, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

Kong said the other cameras would be installed within the next 12 months and offenders would not get any discount for their summonses under the system.

“There are a total of 566 speed-trap cameras and 265 traffic light cameras under the AES, of which 250 units are mobile cameras.

“The mobile cameras are for areas where there are no facilities like electricity and communication cables to support the system,” he said.

Reiterating the objective of the AES was not to impose fines but to raise public awareness on road safety and alertness while driving, Kong was confident it would help reduce the rate of accidents and related deaths significantly.

“France saw a 27% drop in accident-related deaths within three years after implementing the system.

“In Germany, there is an 80% rate of adherence to speed limit or even below speed limit in areas installed with AES cameras.

“Kuwait saw a 48% drop in accident rate after putting up the AES,” he said.

Kong said the current traffic enforcement system would continue as provided for under the law, pointing out that AES was only after those who sped or beat traffic lights.

Under AES, the owner of the vehicle caught flouting the law would be summoned even if the picture showed the driver was not the owner.


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