No thanks to the flawed AES system and wrong concept by ignoring to manually enforce the other traffic rules

My Comments first: RM 300.00 is nothing for great political leaders and Rich people who could earn millions. But for the normal salaried Blue and White collar staff and workers, it is a lot especially when if they get multiple summons in a short time.

Once I sent my mother and brother to Cameroon Highland on their short visit here. I took leave and arranged two doctors to replace my duty. But just on the second day there at highland, clinic nurses rang up that there was a misunderstanding of duties by the two doctors and both were not free to report for work and patients were waiting.

I tried to call other doctors but could not get anyone and decided to rush back. My wife drove quite fast but I think it is NOT fair to get 5 summons amounting to RM 1500.00, few were recorded within 3-5 minutes period apart only. If they stop and remind us, warn us or give the summons on the spot, we would not dare to or be able to speed up again beyond the speed limit within that few minutes.

Even for a doctor with good income, we have a heart-ache. That was during TAAB time. No wonder people had to angrily pay the summons but voted against his government.

Police are seen to be doing the easy way out by using this automatic system. I had seen people parking their cars indiscriminately at road junctions and  traffic lights, sometimes against the traffic flow and even on the wrong side of the road, sometimes even double parked near the traffic light, on the yellow line and even near the police station. Actually I have seen all these traffic crimes few thousand times in front of Jusco Supermarket which is near the Wangsa Maju police station.

Also seen these few times at the traffic lights on Chow Kit busy roads during the peak hours. I don’t want to mention about the reckless motorbikes on the city roads. Where are the Traffic Police?

Source: The StarOnline>Thanks and no thanks to the AES system

YESTERDAY, I read about the privatisation and installation of the AES system at 14 spots in Perak, Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur, 10 spots with speed cameras and four with traffic light cameras.

It was proudly reported that in just two days, the system caught and issued 2,952 summons for 809 speeding offences, and 2,143 for beating traffic lights.

On the surface, one should be happy and congratulate such an effective automated system.

But on closer look, one should ponder why there are so many traffic light beaters despite the huge RM300 fine.

Is there something wrong with our crazy drivers or is there something wrong with the so called system.

I would like to offer his two sen worth about the light traps.

The window of trigger for capturing the offender is two seconds from amber light to red light. There are two scenarios.

The first is congested traffic for which vehicles follow closely behind at a slow speed. No problem in braking at the amber light.

The second scenario is clear traffic ahead. Let’s say the driver is travelling at a reasonable speed of 50km/h. A two-second window will require the driver to brake at least 28m ahead of the stop line upon seeing amber, and stop without being caught by the camera.

Cranfield University’s research defines Stopping Distance = Thinking Time + Braking Distance, and gave a table of Total Stopping Distance needed for each corresponding Speed. (http://www.racemath.info/motionandenergy/stop_distance.htm). A 50km/h (or equivalent 31mph) will require about 24m ahead to stop safely. Checked: 24m needed 28m given (two seconds). Fantastic theory with flying colours! Now the practical side.

Two seconds is a “blink of an eye” while driving. A driver’s problem is anticipation of when to step on the brakes (and watch his back!). Anticipation, judgment, and reaction deteriorate with age.

Two ways to help the driver are : (a) a count down number indicator; or (b) a speed road hump built say 35m ahead of the lights. Or lengthen the two-second window to three or four seconds (for P drivers and retirees like me).

I sincerely hope that the relevant authorities will consider my suggestion to fine tune the AES, unless the objective is to increase revenue through fines or watch pile-ups at traffic junctions.

Punishment should not be the motive, help should be the goal to safe driving.

KW MOON
Penang

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3 Responses to “No thanks to the flawed AES system and wrong concept by ignoring to manually enforce the other traffic rules”

  1. Alan Kok Says:

    If this is your own opinion regarding the flawed AES System,
    I congratulate you, Dr KoKoGyi. You’re willing and dare
    to screw the cops
    and the BN policies.

  2. drkokogyi Says:

    Two seconds just not enough @ http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/9/28/focus/12095810&sec=focus
    I REFER to your headline “Two seconds – and you’re caught” (The Star, Sept 26 ). Can a motorist stop his car on time, when the traffic light turns from amber to red? This is very unlikely.

    There are many reasons for this.

    Firstly, if you are already near the white lines, you’ll find it hard to stop because there are cars coming from behind. Two seconds is too short to allow a driver to clear the white line.

    Secondly, when you are following a lorry or a truck approaching the said white lines, it is sometimes very difficult to see the traffic light. And by the time you are able to do so the light is amber and you will have no time to apply the brakes and just drive through.

    Thirdly, as you approach the white lines, another driver might suddenly swerve into your lane thus causing you to slam on the brakes.

    From experience, I suggest for a six-second time lapse between amber and red. This will be safer for motorists. Otherwise there might be many pile-ups or bumper-to-bumper accidents.

    On page three on the same day, “Human element considered”, I do not agree with the director-general of transport that the two seconds is given in consideration of the “human element” in the event that we are not able to stop immediately when the light turns amber.

    Maybe the two seconds are useful if and only countdown gadgets are installed at every traffic light junction. Then, at least motorists can plan and stop precisely behind the white lines before the lights turn from amber to red.

    Otherwise this system might cause more accidents at traffic junctions.

    The D-G also stressed that the AES was not aimed at issuing summonses but to educate people to be good road users and reduce the number of deaths due to accidents. I doubt it.

    The situation now does not focus on the solution but rather the problem.

    VICTOR LEE
    Ipoh

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