Published: Friday January 4, 2013 MYT 1:44:00 PM
KL motorists pay RM10mil in fines every year to traffic police
KUALA LUMPUR: Motorists in Kuala Lumpur pay fines of up to RM10mil every year for committing traffic offences.
According to the Kuala Lumpur Police, 22,054 traffic summonses were issued between January and September last year and 33,836 traffic summonses were issued in 2010, totalling RM10.15mil.
City Traffic Police chief, ACP Rusli Mohd Noor said 35,185 traffic summonses were issued to motorists between January and September last year for beating traffic lights.
Fines incurred last year amounted to RM10.55mil.
Under the Road Transport Act 1987, if road users beat traffic signals, they have to pay a fine of RM300.
Rusli said the summonses were issued based on camera recordings at traffic light junctions.
Some of the summonses were issued by traffic policemen stationed at the city's streets.
The rather 'shocking and astronomical' numbers of traffic summonses were issued to errant motorists in the city.
What about the number of traffic summonses and fines issued to motorists nationwide?
The figures show that errant motorists are not worried about their safety; they are only worried about reaching their respective destinations on time.
Errant motorists are not affected by the fines. Hence, traffic rules are not effective in reducing the number of traffic offences in the country.
According to many newspapers, tragic accidents also have no impact on the attitude of reckless motorists.
"It depends on the attitude of motorists when they are driving on the roads. They are not worried about their safety and others' safety.
"They should learn to respect other road users too," Rusli told Bernama.
"Many motorists do not follow traffic rules. If motorists follow traffic rules, the roads will be safer for other road users, and it will ease traffic congestion," he said.
He said motorists who beat traffic signals endanger their lives and the lives of other road users.
According to Rusli, people should respect the yellow traffic light.
"Many people do not understand. If the traffic light turns yellow, road users should slow down and bring their vehicles to a stop," he said.
People have suggested increasing fines for people who do not follow traffic rules. However, Rusli believes that by increasing fines, the lower income groups will get affected.
"Low income groups may stop breaking traffic rules but rich people will continue to break traffic rules and pay fines," said Rusli.
Hence, errant motorists should change their attitude. By breaking the traffic law, motorists not only put their lives at risk, but they put the lives of other road users at risk too. - Bernama