Thursday, 6 December 2012

Most AES offenders don’t turn up in court

The Traffic Court has summoned a total of 238 people for allegedly being caught on Auto-mated Enforcement System (AES) cameras beating traffic lights.

However, only six people appeared in court, with warrants of arrest to be issued for those who did not show up.

“I am dissatisfied,” said service specialist Henny Suryanti Yaakob, 26, one of two people claiming trial.

Henny said she was not satisfied with the picture of her alleged offence snapped by the AES, saying it was inconclusive.

Henny is accused of failing to obey a red light while driving at the Jalan Klang Lama-Jalan Sepadu traffic light here at 5.12pm on Sept 23.

She had been charged under Section 79 (2) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

Yesterday was the second date of mention for people allegedly caught on AES cameras running red lights in Kuala Lumpur.

The 238 people summoned are believed to have committed the offence at two traffic lights – on Jalan Perhentian and the Jalan Klang Lama-Jalan Sepadu intersection.

Of the four people who had pleaded guilty, three were slapped with the minimum RM300 fine.

The fourth, taxi driver M. Saigar, 57, was let off with a warning after he told the court he had been rushing his wife to hospital.

Road Transport Department (JPJ) officers Tengku Mohd Zarif Tengku Kamaruzaman and Zulkhairie Sabirudin represented the prosecution.

Tengku Mohd Zarif said 140 people had been summoned for AES traffic light offences on Nov 29, with two people ultimately showing up in court.

He said about 914 people were scheduled to appear in court today although 16 had since paid their fines at a JPJ office, and nine summonses had to be reissued.

Tengku Mohd Zarif added that 1,453 people had been summoned to appear tomorrow.

He said even in cases of normal traffic summonses, usually only 5-10% of those charged turned up in court.
Source : Click

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