KUALA NERUS: The Road Transport Department (RTD) will install another 50 cameras at strategic locations nationwide under the Automated Awareness Safety System (Awas) by year end.
RTD director-general Nadzri Siron said there were 21 cameras installed to date and the installation of additional cameras was part of efforts to reduce the number of fatal accidents.
“We are confident that the initiative can reduce the number of accidents, especially fatal accidents and improve awareness among the people to follow traffic rules when on the road,” he told reporters after opening the RTD’s “Kursus Kecemerlangan” and JPJ 2017 Sports Carnival at the Duyong Marina Resort Convention Centre here today.
1,482 RTD staff from 15 contingents nationwide participated in the Sports Carnival which started on Thursday at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. The event involves 10 sports.
Nadzri said RTD would give due consideration and focus on traffic offences, specifically the offence of beating traffic lights, that involved mainly motorcyclists, who accounted for the highest number of offences.
“Though operations are being carried out on a regular basis to nab traffic offenders who beat traffic lights, special focus will be placed on “Ops Lampu Merah” which started on July 12.
“This month alone 300 motorcyclists have died in accidents from beating traffic lights while 299 had suffered minor or serious injuries,” he said.