SEREMBAN: The use of drones is proving to be more effective in terms of enforcement as well as facilitating monitoring of traffic offences.
Negeri Sembilan road transport department (JPJ) director Hanif Yusabra Yusuf said two drones were used by the Negeri Sembilan JPJ during the 2022 Hari Raya Aidilfitri Operation (Op HRA).
Thirty offences were recorded, mostly for using the emergency lane, traffic light violations and wrongful overtaking, using these drones.
“The focus was on expressways and main roads in the state to detect traffic offences committed by motorists,” he told a press conference on the 2022 Op HRA here today.
He said following the effectiveness of the drones in monitoring traffic offences, the Negeri Sembilan JPJ planned to obtain five more drones, as well as expand their use for other operations.
“We will also discuss with the Malaysian JPJ Academy to send more personnel to undergo training on handling of these drones,” he added.
Hanif said the state JPJ issued a total of 316 summonses for various offences during the Op HRA.
Most of them were for overtaking (149 cases), beating the red light (92) and driving on emergency lanes (32).
Apart from that, he said 2,010 vehicles were inspected and action taken against 610 vehicles for various offences.
Hanif said during the operation, JPJ personnel in civilian clothing, disguised themselves as bus passengers to detect offences committed by express bus drivers.
They boarded 18 buses, with action taken against the drivers of two of them for using their handphones while driving and another for dangerous driving, he added.