Better believe it; Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras are growing like wild mushrooms.
The Star Online
reported that last week, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) installed seven more AES cameras in several accident-prone spots around the country.
According to a JPJ spokersperson, the cameras were reportedly installed at the locations - which the government dubbed accident hotspots - back in January as part of a traffic operation in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The spokeserson told the news portal that two cameras were reportedly installed at KM 146.8 and KM 151.4 of the North-South Expressway (NSE)
in Pagoh, Johor, where fourteen people were killed in a fatal bus crash on 24 December last year.
The remaining five AES cameras were installed on KM 96.3 in Kuala Muda, Kedah
and KM 299.9 in Kampar, Perak
, and the East Coast Expressway’s KM 256.1
and KM 288.6 in Terengganu
, and KM17 of the Gua Musang-Kuala Krai road
Well, the installation of more AES cameras shouldn't come as a surprise, as the government did warn us
earlier this year that they'll be adding to the existing 14 AES cameras.
Say what you want about the AES cameras, but they are kinda producing some really good results.
The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) recently revealed that there's been a change in driving behaviour
since the installation of the cameras.
For instance, the study found that road users’ compliance rate with the speed limit at Slim River, Taiping, Kajang, Leboh Sentosa Read and the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE) - the first few locations to be installed with an AES camera - increased to a whopping 95.9 per cent in mid-2015, compared to 51.1 per cent from before the cameras were installed in 2012.
The study also found that the overall rate of traffic light violations in the always-congested Jalan Klang Lama, Jalan Ipoh, Sungai Siput and Jalan Pasir Putih also went down from 4.29% before the installation of AES cameras to 2.16% two years later.
Well, we guess that the AES cameras won't be going away anytime soon, then.