Caught on camera: speedsters in N3 danger zone

2010-11-24 00:00

What about the holiday traffic?

BARRY Fryer-Dudley, managing director of LPR cc, which did the study, said: “If nothing changes before the December holidays, I expect multiple accidents to occur. The current efforts by RTI and Group Five, while well-intentioned, are not sufficient to change the behaviour of South African drivers. Only sustained, real-time monitoring using technology like that supplied by LPR cc will prevent a bloodbath in December.

Assuming typical holiday traffic, December could result in an income of R221 million to RTI and/or the city. Assuming a 50% collection rate, over R100 million could be collected this holiday season if the rules of the road were enforced with this technology. We know that visual and/or fine traffic enforcement impacts dramatically on driver behaviour so the number of infringements could be cut substantially.

“In order to help prevent a single accident or life lost needlessly, LPR cc is willing to supply the technology, software, processing software and maintain it at no cost.”

•The Witness invited the RTI and Msunduzi Municipality to reply to this offer, but no response was received from the RTI by the time of going to press. The municipal spokesman referred the paper to the Department of Transport.

Traffic study data:

Total number of vehicles recorded: 3 591

Average speed over distance recorded for: 1 976 vehicles (some vehicles not read correctly at both sites)

Total heavy vehicles over 40km/hour limit: 100%

Fastest truck speed: ‘CEY’ registered truck at 78km/hour

Total passenger vehicles over 60km/h: 97% (986)

Fastest passenger vehicle speed: ‘ND’ vehicle at 122.6 km/hour

Distance between cameras N3 south: 302.769m

Distance between cameras N3 north: 142.265m

Captured on camera

Speeding

Trucks in incorrect lane

No seat belts

No licence plate

Talking on cell phone

Broken headlights

ESTIMATED TOTAL REVENUE FROM VIOLATIONS DURING RECORDED PERIOD: R596 470.00

What is Intelligent Imaging Technology (I3)?

Barry Fryer-Dudley, managing director of LPR cc said: “We have a system of integrated hardware and software including CCTV cameras that can be used to monitor traffic in terms of licence plate recognition, image analysis i.e. counting and sizing, facial identification, verification and high and average speed determination. The quality of the images our equipment generates allows us to identify vehicles and drivers committing violations. Through access to the National Traffic Information System (eNaTIS), we trace individuals and vehicles and supply information to the relevant authorities who can then decide to fine or prosecute offenders as appropriate. Our system is set up in Underberg and several residential developments around the province. In some it has cut traffic violations by as much as 90% and generated thousands of rands of revenue for the body corporate.”

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