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No-show by 232 issued summonses under AES

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a no-show by 232 motorists summoned to appear at the magistrate’s court here yesterday for running traffic lights under the Automated Enforcement System (AES).

The motorists were among 238 offenders issued AES summonses for running the lights in Jalan Klang Lama-Jalan Sepadu and Jalan Ipoh.

Of the six who did turn up, four pleaded guilty and two claimed trial.

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More AES areas targeted next year

MANJUNG: The government is in the process of observing and analysing new areas nationwide for the implementation of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras next year.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the locations would be based on recommendations by police after taking into account the accident rate of a particular area.

He said the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) had also been roped in to help.

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How many votes is a life worth?

SPEEDING AWAY: The AES saves lives but some politicians have other agendas

IT System (AES) cameras vandalised, now. Where do vandals get the idea from? I blame the irresponsible posturing against the system by some politicians for that. One chief minister even planned to cover and wrap the AES to prevent it from operating.

The Malays have a proverb that literally translates that if a teacher relieves himself standing up, his pupils are likely to do so running.

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Give AES a chance before dissing it

DEATH BY NUMBERS: The AES regulatory eye may compel motorists to drive courteously and competently

MALAYSIA experiences a morbidly violent ritual sacrifice annually — 8,000 people, give or take a few, are violently killed on the highways, as if on cue and as if meeting productivity numbers of the Angel of Death and Grim Reaper of all religious persuasions. The terrifying figures are expected to escalate to 10,700 by 2020.

The permutations of the tragic accidents affect all races, religions, ages, all of them drivers, motorcyclists, commuters and pedestrians, and are effected in multifaceted configurations — car hits bus, bus hits lorry, lorry hits car, car hits motorcycle … you get the forbidding picture.

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83 speed offenders turn up in Kajang, Sepang courts Read more: 83 speed offenders turn up in Kajang, Sepang courts

KAJANG: The first batch of motorists caught speeding on the Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras in Selangor was summoned to the magistrate’s courts in Kajang and Sepang yesterday.

More than 2,400 case files were registered in both courts but only 83 offenders turned up for their cases.

Of this number, 55 pleaded guilty, 20 are challenging the summonses while the rest had their cases set for re-mention.

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7 Pahang towns to get AES

KUANTAN: Out of the 59 locations identified by the Road Transport Department (RTD) as suitable for Automatic Enforcement System (AES) cameras, seven are major towns in Pahang.

Pahang Housing and Transport Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sofi Razak said the installation would be done in stages starting early next year.

“The selection of the locations was made based on traffic accident statistics obtained from RTD and the police,” he said in reply to a question by Leong Ngah Ngah (DAP-Triang) at the state assembly.

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