Amman to implement smart cameras to combat traffic accidents ‘next year’

urban traffic control surveillance camera
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AMMAN — President of the Jordanian Society for the Prevention of Road Accidents, Wafai Mseis, has confirmed that within the next year, Amman will be equipped with smart cameras to monitor and document traffic violations, according to Al-Ghad News. اضافة اعلان

The Greater Amman Municipality is actively working to install the camera system as part of a broader effort to reduce the number of traffic accidents in the region, he added.

Decline in traffic accident deathsMseis also revealed that the number of deaths from traffic accidents has decreased from 589 to 557 over the past year. He credits this decrease to a variety of factors, including the implementation of the traffic point system, increased traffic awareness, faster response times to traffic accidents, and stricter measures by the traffic department on dangerous violations.

Reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by traffic accidents is a serious concern around the world, said Mseis.

He pointed out that countries all over the globe are working hard to decrease these numbers, and that Ministry of Transport has a developed five-year plan — from 2019–2023 —  aimed at reducing fatalities and injuries by 20 percent.

Need for government attentionWhile progress has been made in reducing traffic fatalities, Mseis stressed the need for increased government attention to traffic safety, including the formation of a traffic safety authority or council headed by the Prime Minister, with ministers responsible for traffic operation as members.

This council would work to consolidate efforts, distribute roles, and create a traffic culture with deterrent laws to prevent serious traffic violations.

Some 149 countries around the world have traffic safety bodies or councils, he added.

Security camerasThe automated surveillance of the Amman next year will monitor all human and vehicle movements on video, said Mseis.

This would significantly reduce serious traffic violations and reduce the number of traffic accidents and raffic-related deaths and serious injuries, he added.

The Jordanian Society for the Prevention of Road Accidents provides support and programs to raise awareness and educate people on traffic safety.

Last year, it delivered more than 30 lectures in schools and universities, not to mention workshops and conferences, with more than 50,000 attendees across the board.

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