Thursday, September 22, 2011

Get your summons snapshot in HD colour – for a fee (PHOTO)

KUALA LUMPUR: Traffic offenders caught on the newly-acquired high definition cameras can request for colour photographs if they dispute the black-and-white images sent to them with their summonses.

These high resolution coloured photos, priced at RM10, would be provided to those who say their cars had been stolen or those who were not present at the time of the alleged offence.

Federal deputy traffic chief Asst Comm Mohd Fuad Abd Latiff said traffic offenders who needed the colour images would have to write in.
“Based on the merit of the request, we will decide on whether the coloured photo should be issued or not,” he said yesterday.

The Star reported on Wednesday that traffic authorities had gone HD (high definition), using the LTI20-20 TruCAM to capture sharp images.

ACP Mohd Fuad said police had to control the issuance of the coloured images, adding that it was a tedious process to retrieve them.

“If we make it readily available to everyone, we may not be able to cope with the potentially large demand for the coloured copies,” he said.

He also said that there should not be any reason to dispute the black-and-white photos as the number plate of the vehicle would be clearly visible.

He explained that black-and-white photos were attached to the summonses instead of the coloured ones because of the cost involved.

“We do not have the budget to issue coloured photos to everyone,” he said.

ACP Mohd Fuad also allayed fears that the use of TruCAM would lead to the practice of traffic policemen hiding in the bushes to catch speeding motorists.

“We still do everything in the open. Just because people did not notice the policeman when driving past, that does not mean he was hiding,” he said.

ACP Mohd Fuad explained that a traffic policeman would not usually be positioned near speeding cars as it was dangerous to do so.

He said all zones with speed traps were always marked with signs to warn motorists.

“As long as a motorist adheres to traffic laws and the speed limit, he need not worry about summonses,” he said.

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