KUALA LUMPUR: Closed-circuit television (CCTVs) cameras initially installed to monitor traffic will now be used to nab traffic offenders.
Traffic police have started downloading images from CCTVs of municipal councils nationwide to catch errant motorists.
And the police are happy with the results. During Ops Sikap XIII, the authorities booked 2,000 traffic offenders.
Federal traffic police chief SAC II Hamza Taib said the exercise to catch offenders through CCTVs would continue throughout the year.
"It has been effective. Our policemen cannot be everywhere. This is the next best move," he said at a press conference here yesterday.
To date, police have taken the images from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and municipal councils in Malacca, Shah Alam, Penang and Johor Baru.
Ops Sikap XIII was a joint effort by the Road Transport Department, Road Safety Department, Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board and Malaysian Institute Road Safety Research.
More than 5,000 traffic policemen and 1,000 RTD enforcement personnel issued a total of 143,000 summonses to errant motorists.
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