MBKS considering red light enforcement cameras, Mile 2.5 traffic light as project model site

Wee talking about the proposed red light enforcement camera project in his Facebook live session today (Oct 8, 2022).

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Oct 8: The Kuching South City Council (MBKS) is considering installing red light enforcement cameras at traffic light junctions to identify motorists who violate traffic rules and cause congestion.

MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng said the Mile 2.5 traffic light in front of Wisma Naim has been identified as the project model site.

Through collaboration with local traffic experts, he said, studies found two main behaviours of road users that can cause serious traffic jams there.

“Cars from Mile 3 usually don’t stop for the red light even after nine seconds of countdown and three seconds of yellow light.

“Such cars will then get stuck at the yellow box while squeezing into Laksamana Cheng Ho Road, blocking cars from other directions from moving during the green light,” he said.

Meanwhile, Wee said certain cars also from the Mile 3 direction would often use the third lane that allows only straight travels, to skip the queue to make a right turn into Laksamana Cheng Ho Road.

The traffic condition at Mile 2.5 traffic light. Screenshot taken from ShallWeeTalk Facebook livestream today (Oct 8, 2022).
Traffic rule violators in action. Screenshot taken from ShallWeeTalk Facebook livestream today (Oct 8, 2022).

He said this would not only slow down the overall traffic flow, but could also cause inconvenience to those who are abiding by the rules.

“That is why we are considering to install these red light enforcement cameras so that we can identify the cars and their plate numbers.

“Then, we will hand over the information (of violators) to the police for them to take further action and issue compounds,” said Wee during his weekly ShallWeeTalk Facebook live session today.

He said the proposed system is not aimed to penalise citizens, but to ensure strict discipline among all road users in Kuching for smoother traffic flow. — Dayakdaily