Monday, 3 December 2012

AES helping to curb traffic violations

MANJUNG: There has been a 70% decrease in traffic violations in areas where the Automated Enforcement System (AES) has been implemented.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said offences such as speeding and beating the red light had reduced drastically in the 14 areas where the cameras had been installed in Perak and the Klang Valley. The system came into force there in September.

Kong, who is also Lumut MP, said it was too early to tell if it had also led to a reduction in accidents.

“AES must be implemented nationwide to see its effectiveness,” he said after closing the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) community outreach programme at the Manjung District Council’s Merdeka Hall here yesterday.

“It will take time to see the results; we cannot expect miracles to happen overnight.”

Present at the closing was JPJ director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan.

On the expansion of the system to other areas, Kong said the ministry had received data from the police on several accident-prone spots.

He said this was being studied by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research before more cameras could be installed at strategic locations.

Kong also refuted claims by certain quarters that the company that managed the AES had the authority to install the cameras, too.


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