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.
One of the people who claimed trial was Saujana Teksi driver Mohd Redzuan Mohd Yusoff, who was summoned for committing the offence in Jalan Klang Lama-Jalan Sepadu at 11.38am on Sept 24.
The other person was Henny Suryani Yacub, 26. She allegedly committed the offence at the same place on Sept 23.
“They sent me a photograph of the back portion of my Viva with the number plate.
“There is no evidence to show that I beat the lights. I don’t think I beat the lights.” Redzuan and Henny’s cases have been fixed for mention on Dec 18.
Of the four who pleaded guilty, three were slapped with a RM300 fine, in default of three days’ jail.
The other motorist, taxi driver M. Saigar, 57, said he was rushing to send his wife to a dialysis centre for treatment.
Magistrate Noorasyikin Sahat let him off with a warning.
Road Transport Department (RTD) prosecuting officers Tengku Mohd Zarif Tengku Kamaruzaman and Zulkhairie Sabirudin prosecuted.
Zulkhairie told reporters that 900 more cases would be registered in court today and 1,450 more cases would be heard tomorrow.
He said offenders issued with AES notices had to pay the fines within 60 days. The date offenders have to appear in court should they fail to pay their fines is stated in the notices.
Zulkhairie said this was the second batch of AES traffic cases in court. The first batch appeared on Nov 29, where 120 cases were registered. Of that, only two turned up and admitted to the offence. They were each fined RM300.
"As for the remaining 118, we are in the process of issuing arrest warrants against them."
In Shah Alam, the Selangor RTD has proposed that AES cameras be installed throughout the state.
Its enforcement chief, Adenan Md Isa, said Selangor had recorded the highest number of accident cases in the past three years.
He said Selangor recorded 107,429 accident cases in 2009, 115,565 in 2010 and 128,876 last year.
"This is an alarming situation and the number of accidents has been increasing at a steady rate," he said during a briefing for the media and non-governmental organisations at the state RTD headquarters here.
He added that Selangor had recorded the second highest number of fatalities in the past three years: 976 deaths in 2009, 1,061 in 2010 and 1,070 last year, which was surpassed only by Johor.
Presenting slide shows and road accident video footage, Adenan expressed hope that the briefing would educate parties that AES served to save lives instead of punishing motorists.
He said the International Transport Forum 2012 showed that Malaysia recorded the highest number of road fatalities in the world with 23 deaths per 100,000 population in 2010.
Source From : NewStraitsTimes