Selangor & Perak, The First To Use The A.E.S.

In line with the Government’s serious intention to reduce road accidents, the Automated Enforcement System (A.E.S.) will be launched in the near future.

What is A.E.S? Motorists might wish to inquire.

It is a system whereby cameras will be used to curb traffic violations. This system, it has announced, will soon kick off in the in the month of May. The system will begin in 2 states, Selangor and Perak.

Supermarket goers, I am certain are accustomed to the use of C.C.T.V. In a Kursus Pendidikan Pemandu (P.K.K.) lecture that I conducted just recently, a female student, Puan Malini, who works as a supervisor at Carrefour supermarket, informed the class that the establishment where she works has 300 – 400 C.C.T.V functioning to deter cases of pilfering from happening.

Now, the time has arrived for the use of cameras to curb traffic offenses. Police and other transport authorities personnel now have the assistance of cameras to carry out their duties.

So, motorists are advised to watch their antics on the road.

Datuk Suret Singh, the Road Safety Department’s Director General, was reported to have said, the A.E.S. will go on trial run in the states of Perak and Selangor before it is implemented in other states.

What actually does the traffic department hope to achieve by using such sophisticated equipment?

The department wishes and hopes that with this system, road users and drivers from henceforth will no longer violate laws and with that in mind, accidents can thus be reduced, Datuk Suret Singh said after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U.) on the Road Safety Campaign in Kuala Lumpur recently.

When asked how many cameras would be used in the campaign, the Director General reiterated and replied that he was unfortunately unable to give an exact figure.

But he did however assure the public, that by September 2010, cameras will be installed nationwide by then. All in all, it takes some 18 months to install a total of 1200 cameras across the entire nation.

In a research survey, it was recently reported that there has been up to 700 traffic hotspots identified in the whole of Malaysia by the authorities for the A.E.S.

What does the A.E.S. hope to achieve?

The system is meant to discipline drivers and reduce accidents and fatalities. On the other hand, the public were encouraged to send in photographs of drivers breaking traffic rules.

The A.E.S. has long been awaited. In fact, the system should have been introduced many years ago. As long as I can remember, Singapore has been using this method since 1960s.

To drivers who are poorly disciplined, especially motorcyclists who normally break traffic rules like beating the traffic lights, please be aware. Your days, as they say, are numbered. The A.E.S. is out to get you!

Before concluding this article on A.E.S., permit me to relate to you something interesting.

I remember rather vividly, a well known film by producer Jack Neo of Singapore, a popular Hokkien movie entitled “Money Not Enough”, whereby the main character in it used to complain how difficult life was in the island.

The hero used to complain how stressed he was over summons imposed by the Singapore government. He finally decided to end his woes by going to the traffic light and throwing a stone at it.

One thing he failed to realise was that the moment he raised his hand to throw the stone at the traffic light, his actions had been recorded by the A.E.S. camera. He therefore received a further summon for destroying public property.

To all Malaysian drivers therefore beware. Drive carefully in the very near future as A.E.S. is here to stay.

A.E.S. – Always Enticipate (Anticipate) being Summoned!