It's only been six weeks since the Automated Enforcement System was implemented to catch motorists who speed and run red lights but it seems to be at a red light in some areas.
JSNG couldn't wait to share a new app he'd just found for the smart phone.
“I just found out something interesting ... an Android software which is able to provide an alert on the AES points published by JPJ.
“Tested it for few days and it works!!! Although not all AES points are installed with camera (yet), it does trigger an audible alert which is useful,” he wrote in an online forum discussing the new and controversial Automated Enforcement System (AES).
The AES, which captures pictures and video images of cars speeding or jumping a red light in targeted areas and issues summonses accordingly to offenders, began on Sept 23 with 14 cameras installed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Perak.
This is just a small number of the 831 cameras to be installed nationwide at accident-prone areas to make people drive safer, and bring the number of road accidents and fatalities down.
And already there are at least five AES detector apps available for free for the smartphone.
One of the more popular ones is the “AES Detector”, which has been downloaded 100,000 times so far! Developed by one Kevin Chua, it promises to assist drivers to detect an AES camera within 1km from their present spot and asks that people turn on the speaker on their mobile phone in order to hear the AES alert.
Unlike the old system where the police move from one area to another and who, at times, seem to hide or jump out from bushes to take traffic offenders by surprise, with the AES, the location of the 831 cameras is fixed and made known to the public (see www.jpj.gov.my for the locations). There are also signboards (though not an adequate number yet) indicating areas where the AES cameras are fixed.
The RM300 summons issued under the AES is non-negotiable. If you commit the offence, you pay because the camera and video images are unquestionable evidence.