‘Speed does not kill but recklessness and negligent driving do!
Of course, to the industry peddling such hardware costing multi millions, yes, it is an effective propaganda!
I say it again – to me as a Consumer Advocate, we need a more comprehensive data as speed itself does not kill!’
Consumerist: AES Cameras Alone Will Reduce Accidents? You Must Be Joking!
I have absolutely no objection to the proposed installation of another 1,200 Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras at highways nationwide!
Why stop at 1,200 – go ahead and increase it 10 fold!
But first address a pertinent question!
Is the AES the silver bullet that reduces fatalities on our roads or is it not another crony get-rich-quick scheme?
When the AES pilot project was implemented in Malaysia in 2012, a lot of questions arose among our elected members of parliament at a special sitting and briefing by the then Minister of Transport which also dealt with several amendments to the Road Transport Act which looked rather draconian!
As Malaysia’s lead consumer advocate, I received a special invitation through the BNBC and was present to participate in that briefing and I did!
I was disappointed!
Fast forward 2016 – we are revisiting this project again!
We are told research conducted by Miros in 2014 showed that the 14 AES cameras currently installed in Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya have proven to be effective in reducing road fatalities due to speeding and running a red light.
According to the institute’s findings, there was a 87.6 percent reduction in red light running violations after the cameras were installed at certain traffic light junctions at Jalan Ipoh-Kuala Kangsar and Jalan Pasir Puteh in Perak, and Jalan Klang Lama and Jalan Ipoh in Kuala Lumpur.
Can this be made public rather than as a statement as no one in their right mind today believes such narrative!
Yes, I am aware that statistics wise, a total of 489,606 road accidents occurred in 2015, compared to 476,196 in 2014.
In 2015 we are told that there were 6,706 deaths through accidents, translating to roughly 18 deaths daily due to road accidents.
But putting it that way is rather stupid and simplistic do you not think?
Speed does not kill but recklessness and negligent driving do!
Of course to the industry peddling such hardware costing millions yes it is an effective propaganda!
I say it again – to me as a Consumer Advocate we need a more comprehensive data as speed itself does not kill!
So throwing case studies like – “wow this system had worked well in several developed countries in Europe, as well as Australia and the United States.
Globally, more than 90 countries have been using the AES since the late 1970s.
Or that in France’s AES has helped to reduce the number of deaths due to road accidents by 27 percent within three years of its implementation.
In the United Kingdom, traffic violations decreased by six percent while in Kuwait, accidents decreased by 48 percent” is all bullshit propaganda used extensively by peddling industry players!
Is it wrong for me to ask for something more than such stupid assertions before we pay multi millions to cronies for gadgets that are not the solution and a comprehensive plan of action to educate Malaysian motorists through a multi-faceted education blitz is!
Got my drift?