| Danial Norjidi |
BRUNEI Darussalam will set up automated cameras to catch drivers, who jump red lights and are speeding by the end of 2015.
This was announced by ASP Mohd Fathdillah bin Hj Abdul Hamid, the Head of Operations and Enforcement for the Royal Brunei Police Force’s Department of Investigation and Traffic Control, during the National Road Safety Seminar at Institut Teknologi Brunei yesterday.
He first mentioned this while speaking on the department’s plans to upgrade its quality of service, one of which is to set up a Traffic Control and Management Information System (TCMIS).
In an interview, he said, “We call it TCMIS, and after that we will introduce AES (Automated Enforcement System). This has been introduced in Malaysia. It will be operated automatically, as its name suggests”.
The cameras with sensors will be placed on traffic lights to detect drivers, who jump red lights, and in a few other areas to catch speeding motorists, he said.
Other countries with similar systems use signs to notify drivers that they are entering speed camera zones. Asked if Brunei will follow suit, he said, “Yes. We will be practising that as well.”
On when the cameras will come into operation, he said, “Our department’s target is the end of 2015 because we need to start with a C4i system first. After it runs smoothly, then we start with our TCMIS.”
In his presentation, ASP Mohd Fathdillah disclosed that a number of short-term and long-term plans are in the pipeline, in addition to the TCMIS.
One such plan is to introduce the use of a Rapid Response Car such as that used by the Australian Traffic Police, and advanced technology in enforcing traffic laws.
Adding another Traffic Division in the Tutong and Temburong districts is also planned, along with increasing the skills and professionalism of the department’s personnel and changing its organisational structure, whereby traffic investigation officers will be inducted.
With regard to raising awareness, he said, “We would like to thank Brunei Shell Petroleum and Brunei LNG for their efforts to educate the public on road safety, and we also combined with them in that effort.”
Speaking on the frequency of their traffic police operations this month, he said, “We’ve seen the patterns every year that December has recorded in both numbers of crime and road accidents.
“It is linked to so many festivities this month. First is Christmas, then there’s the New Year and it’s also the school holidays.
“I think we see the pattern now where some don’t have any work to do and some are even on holiday, and their activities could be greater this month, possible illegal activities, and that is why every December we tend to have operations.”