The five “intelligent red-light traffic cams that were installed at intersections in Phuket in February are working so efficiently
They have already used the entire budget allocated to printing tickets. Police have had to temporarily suspend issuing tickets for those caught by the cameras.
Police Commander Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen said they are facing budget issues and the cost of printing tickets is expensive.
He said each ticket cost 19 baht to print and often has to be re-printed after perpetrators do not pay the fine and has already cost 4-5 million baht.
The smart cameras are able to issue fines to the registered owner of a vehicle for multiple offenses including running a red light, speeding or not wearing a helmet.
He said the cameras detect tens of thousands of occurrences of motorcyclists not wearing helmets each month.
Statistics showed that March was the worst month for people not wearing their protective headwear after 80,000 offenders were tabulated by the technology.
He said officers had not been able to collect fines from every ticket issued and did not give a figure for the amount collected in fines nor the amount outstanding.
Gen Teeraphol said although the printing of tickets had been suspended the cameras are still working gathering data and fines would be issued at a later date to those who break the law.
Authorities are currently in the process of making fines payable by e-transfer which should come into effect in September to make it easier for people to pay fines.
They are also looking at creating a system to use money paid in fines to directly issue new fines so as to not have to suspend issuing tickets again in the future.
Source : Thephuketnews
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