Tuesday, 9 October 2012

AES system successfully reduces number of errant motorists

LUMUT: The Automated Enforcement System (AES) has been successful in reducing the number of errant motorists in the 14 areas which had the cameras installed.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said there was a drastic reduction in the number of offences in various areas.

Some areas, he said, had also seen zero number of traffic offences, which was the main objective of the system.

“This success shows that the Government could raise awareness on traffic safety and rules,” he told a press conference after the inaugural Manjung district level private pre-schoolchildren colouring competition in Sitiawan yesterday.

Kong, who is Lumut MP, stressed that the system was successful at creating a certain perception among motorists, which made them fearful of being caught.

He said the Government wanted the people to obey the law, which was why signboards were put up to warn motorists of the cameras.

In the first phase of the AES implemented on Sept 23, 14 cameras were installed in areas in Perak, Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur, where 10 will detect speed limit breakers while four others train on those who jump traffic lights.

Since its implementation, over 60,000 images of motorists purportedly committing traffic offences have been captured.

In Pekan, Road Transport Department (JPJ) deputy director-general Datuk Ismail Ahmads said the 831 spots under the AES could be moved from time to time.

He said the cameras should not be in a fixed area as there could be new developments or road additions in the future.

“JPJ cannot set it up anywhere. The black spots have actually been identified based on studies by the Malaysia Institute of Road Safety Research and information from the police as well as the Public Works Department,” Ismail said after closing the “Satu Komuniti Satu JPJ” programme here.

He said the AES cameras would be installed in stages at all blackspots nationwide within 18 months.

Source : TheStar


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