Friday 21 September 2012

AES - a nightmare for traffic offenders and criminals

AES is more than just a speed trap, criminals will be very shy of the crystal clear digital pictures too

Any sane human being would welcome the enforcement authority’s initiatives to reduce road accidents in Malaysia. Our road accidents and death on our roads have been noted to be one of the highest in the world.

Reducing road accidents is about saving lives, particularly the lives of our younger generation who are taking on the roads with some form of vengeance.  

Suggestions on ways and means to reduce death on our roads have been aplenty but almost every single such suggestion points that speeding was one of the main cause, if not THE cause in the majority of road accidents.

Enforcement of traffic rules and regulations has also been a thorny affair. While the number of vehicles plus roads and expressways have increased multi fold, the police and Road Transport Department’s enforcement capabilities have been stretched thin.

With the current number of traffic enforcement personnel in the country, it is humanly impossible to monitor our roads to ensure safety.

Thus, the Road Transport Department’s latest move to introduce Automated Enforcement System (AES). AES’s cameras consist of 566 speed-trap cameras and 265 traffic light cameras and is expected to be operational in the next few weeks.

AES comes directly under the purview of JPJ or RTD and is actually a double-edged sword intended to monitor/enforce traffic regulations while also helping the police to detect crime. (If you are speeding after committing a crime, the state of the art AES will not only book you for your recklessness on the road but will also help police identify you via clear digital pictures).

Some burden will also be lifted from the police and they could now assign more men to fight crime rather than manning traffic junctions or setting up speed traps along deadly roads.

The purpose of AES is purely to reduce road accidents with an improved 24-hours monitoring system. Its not about playing hide and seek with road users anymore.

The RTD had announced that the location of the AES fixed cameras will not be a secret. Warning signages will be installed to warn motorists before they enter areas equipped with AES cameras. The intention is not to issue summonses, but for motorists to reduce speed.

Some details of the AES’s efficiency were recently highlighted by Malaysia’s leading motoring blogger Paul Tan HERE.

But as expected by many, our Opposition politicians who often blame the Government and authorities for not doing enough to protect and safe guard the lives of road users have started singing a different tune.

Terasa Kok’s latest tune about this traffic monitoring system just reminds me of a song her ‘dear leader’ Lim Kit Siang used to sing, on a daily basis, when the Government announced plans to build the Penang Bridge in 1981.

If we remember the Opposition belted the same tune again when plans to construct the North-South Highway was mooted.

If we had listened to their song and taken the lyrics seriously, Malaysians would most certainly rowing sampans on the Klang river by now.

Well, we cannot allow those who talk cock to ensure the safety of our road users, for they will continue to talk as long as it could garner some cheap political points. 

 but Terasa Kok is having nightmares over this AES ... 

p/s YB Kok, looks so sassy in her blog ... Dr. Tian Chua doctored you..I mean your pic is it?

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Anonymous said...

You mean double-edged sword with both edges going in the right direction! (:

It's time rules are no longer be made a joke in this country, and following them makes you some kinda idiot or something. Take em pictures and fine em.


Anonymous said...

It wont't last long, lah. 1st class cameras but 3rd world mentality in maintenance.

Don't drive for 6 months, take a bicycle. Good for body and mind.

vinnan said...

So the people who got the AES project are you 'Puk'mamakthirs. Guess Najib just do not have any balls to stand up against you rap'st after all.

Anonymous said...

The emergence of AES in our traffic monitoring is most welcome. True, the authority has put clear dignages to warn the road users. They are big enough signs - easily discernible. But, what spoils the good move is that along with the warning that tells the motorists they entering an AES zone there is no indication about the speed that should not be exceeded. Even if every road users shoul already know the speed limt or speed limit posts have been placed elsewhere along the road, it's pertinent that one such signage should also be found on the AES signage. Then, I agree that the installation of the AES system is to facilitate safe driving. Otherwise, without the adequate signage it's still a trap!