Mandalay sees 4,244 traffic violations within a week

File photos show a traffic violation being recorded in Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar. Photo: thurein lin
File photos show a traffic violation being recorded in Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar. Photo: Thurein Lin

Within a week, from 15 to 21 July, 4,244 vehicles were caught violating traffic rules in Mandalay, the second largest commercial city in the central part of Myanmar.
The installation of a 24-hour monitoring system at traffic lights has exposed a large number of traffic rule violations within a week in Mandalay, also known as the cultural city for its ancient heritage.
With regard to the Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System (SCATS) software, Mandalay Mayor Dr Ye Lwin said, “As the system can document every traffic rule violator, whether it is a motorcycle or a car, after automatically
taking three or four photos, aside from video recording the whole incident at all times, there is no place for violators to hide.”
The system can track the route of a violator until they reach their destination, the mayor wrote on his Facebook page.
Each of the 32 traffic lights of the cultural city now have a SCATS, which is equipped with a 360-degree dome surveillance camera that has a zoom-in capacity of 20 yards.
“SCATS is a useful system both for traffic rules enforcement and security, as it can immediately report an accident,” said an official of the Mandalay City Development Committee.
Over 130 CCTVs, including 11 speed dome, 21 red-light and 117 licence plate recognition cameras, have been installed at a separate post near the SCATS-equipped traffic lights as a tracking device. —Thurein Lin/MDN

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