The head of Universiti Putra Malaysia's Road Safety Research Centre, Professor Radin Umar, said the installation of the cameras would increase the probability of getting caught by a policeman or an enforcement officer to 95 per cent.
"At present, the probability of getting caught is 18 to 25 per cent. During festive seasons, it increases to 55 per cent as more mobile speed trap cameras are placed along the highway," he
said Governments in several countries had privatised such projects to road safety firms and it could be done here, too.
"It is cost-effective as the company will buy the equipment and the police still hold the right to summon offenders," he
In return for the money invested, Radin
said, the companies received a certain percentage of every summons amount collected. Radin
said the 24-hour surveillance was one way to reduce fatal accidents along the highway.
"However, to ensure its success, we need to have a proper database to nab the culprits.
"The previous cameras at traffic light junctions were a failure because the authorities did not have the updated addresses of drivers," he