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Monday, November 5, 2012

Police postal summons to continue alongside AES

The police will continue to send summonses to traffic offenders, such as those breaking speed limits, by post alongside the Automated Enforcement System (AES), in order to reduce the high accident rate.

NONE"The police will operate (mobile) cameras, while the new (AES) approach will be operated by the Road Transport Department,”  Deputy Home Minister Abu Seman Yusop (left) told the Dewan Rakyat during Question Time today.

“As accidents are prevalent. All agencies involved in monitoring traffic offences should continue with their duties.”

Abu Seman was replying to a supplementary question from Mohd Firdaus Jaafar (PAS-Jerai) who asked if both systems would be operated concurrently.

Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah) then stood, seeking permission to ask an additional supplementary question.
She pointed out that the issue could cause public anger due to the possibility of double jeopardy in the issuance of summonses.
However, her question was rejected.
NONEOutside the House, Fong (right)explained that road users may be issued two summonses, one via AES and another via police speed-trap operations for the same offence.

"AES cameras are installed at police-identified (accident) hot spots," she said, noting that this is also where the police would normally deploy mobile cameras.

Replying the original question from Mohd Firdaus, the deputy minister said 61,191 postal summonses had been issued to road users during Ops Selamat conducted during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.

Abu Seman said the use of the AES and mobile police cameras would help mitigate the accident rate by increasing awareness and the fear of "being caught".

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