SINGAPORE: To deter speeding, the Traffic Police (TP) will from Thursday (May 19) deploy new police speed laser cameras with advanced features at 44 accident-prone and high-risk areas.
The 44 locations include Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 towards Upper Thomson Road, East Coast Parkway towards Airport, Nicoll Highway (both directions) and Upper Bukit Timah Road towards Jalan Anak Bukit.
These new cameras use the latest technology and are able to capture images clearly during day and night, detect vehicle speeds from a farther distance than existing cameras, and can detect front and back number plates, said TP during a media briefing.
A Traffic Police officer uses the new police speed laser camera (Photo: Nisha Karyn)
“The picture quality is good, sharp and reliable, and we are able to run video footage, so when we need to play it back we can clearly detect violators,”said TP Deputy Commander Devrajan Bala.
“Technology has advanced now and we get better quality. (The cameras) have a longer lifespan as well and that gives us a lot of flexibility to move it to different locations,” he added.
TP said the new cameras can last up to 8 hours, which is about double the battery life of the previous cameras.
However, it added that the cameras are not able to capture drivers' faces at this moment.
TP has been using these manned police speed laser cameras since 2004. In February, TP said the speeding situation had improved, with the number of speed-related accidents last year decreasing by 12.2 per cent, compared to 2014.
It reiterated that more can be done to curb speeding. In 2015, there were 48 fatal accidents involving speeding, compared to 43 in 2014.