IPOH: Four new Automated Awareness Safety System (Awas) cameras will be installed near the accident-prone Menora Tunnel on the North-South Expressway near here, says Datuk Shaharuddin Khalid (pic).
The Road Transport Department director-general said two cameras each, courtesy of PLUS Malaysia Bhd, would be fixed there for north and south-bound traffic.
“The speed limit in this part of the expressway has always been 70kph, and when the cameras are installed, it will create more awareness and discipline among motorists.
“The cameras would be installed at the particular area near the Menora Tunnel where there are steep slopes and sharp bands, as well as the downhill stretch, ” he told a press conference after visiting the department’s Enforcement Highway Monitoring Centre located at the old Jelapang toll on Thursday (July 9).
Shaharuddin said currently there were 18 such cameras on the the north-to-south stretch of the expressway.
“We are hoping that the additional four cameras near the tunnel will be installed by this year, as the area has always been a ‘hot spot’ for accidents.
“Once the cameras are installed, we really hope the number of accidents along the stretch will be reduced, as our job is not only to issue summonses, ” he added.
Shaharuddin added that the centre, operational since July 1 with the cooperation of PLUS, would monitor all enforcement activities involving four zones along the expressway.
He said 13 officers would be stationed at the centre, with an overall manpower of 82 people in the four zones located at the Gunung Semanggol rest and recreational area (RnR) (Northern Zone), Dengkil RnR (Central Zone), Pagoh RnR (Southern Zone), and Paka RnR (East Coast Zone).
“The Centre in Jelapang, being the main centre, will focus on several issues such as enforcement against those breaking traffic rules as well monitoring overload by commercial vehicles, the use of emergency lanes, traffic congestion, dangerous objects on the expressway, accidents, faulty vehicles, and any other emergencies.
“PLUS, on May 23, had also presented the department with 10 Honda CRVs to be used for the monitoring purposes by the centre, as well as the four zones.
“At the same time, the department has also provided 10 Proton Inspira vehicles for the enforcement teams involved for the expressway patrol, ” he added.
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