Traffic cameras to start clicking early next year
Amendments to the Road Transport Act, which will allow for the AES to be enforced, are in the final stages in Parliament, said department director-general Datuk Suret Singh.
The bill for the amendments will be tabled for second reading on Dec 14.
"We expect it (to pass) and after the law is in place, we are ready to implement it from early next year," he said after presenting a paper, "Road Safety Analysis in Malaysia", at the department's annual conference here.
Suret said in the first phase of the automated high-speed camera enforcement system, law enforcement agencies will target speedsters and traffic light jumpers.
He said the system, which should have been implemented in 2007, was online and nabbing traffic law violators would be in real time.
Suret said enforcement, such as with the AES, gave the best results in the short term.
He was, however, more concerned about the long-term goal of building a positive road safety culture among the millions of road users.
"That would give us the long-term zero-fatality mission."
Suret also bemoaned the Malay-sian mindset of resistance towards adopting a culture of safety.
"The culture of safety is lacking significantly in our community. We resist buckling up in the car and wearing safety helmets.
"We resist all new safety measures being introduced, claiming they would be expensive.
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