The government says it plans to increase the number of Automated Awareness Safety System (AWAS) cameras, specifically added at accident-prone locations in order to improve road safety and reduce the accident rate, Bernama reports.

The proposal for the growth in camera numbers is at the review stage, and the government is also reassessing the locations of the cameras for better effectiveness by updating their list of accident-prone areas based on the latest data. Currently, 45 AWAS cameras are in operation nationwide. Of the 45 cameras, 29 are used for monitoring speed limit offences, while the remaining 16 are for traffic light regulation.

“Additional cameras will be installed. The installation costs and camera operations will only be determined when they are installed,” deputy transport minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said in response to a question regarding the cost of purchase, installation and maintenance of the AWAS cameras, and how much in fines have been collected so far.

The government had collected RM5,726,400 from 163,986 summonses issued between September 1, 2018 and April 17 this year, the former date being the commencement of AWAS enforcement.

To recap, AWAS will police for two offences – running the red light and speeding. A traffic light offence carries the penalty of four demerit points for private passenger vehicles and motorcycles, and six demerit points for buses and goods delivery vehicles.

Meanwhile, exceeding the posted speed limit by between one km/h to 25 km/h carry two points and four points respectively, while speeding offences of 25 km/h to 40 km/h above the posted limit will carry a penalty of three points and five points respectively. Finally, offences more than 40 km/h above the posted limit carry four points and six points respectively.