Fake cam­eras can boost road safety

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

BANGI: In­stall fake cam­eras on deadly stretches of roads and re­cruit more women to boost road safety ef­forts, says a traf­fic psy­chol­o­gist.

Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia School of Psy­chol­ogy and Hu­man De­vel­op­ment as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, Dr Rozmi Is­mail said the de­coy de­vice rec­om­men­da­tion was based on re­search world­wide for road users to be on guard all the time.

“In­stall five to 10 fake cam­eras at crash­prone ar­eas or traf­fic lights. Make the fake cam­eras vis­i­ble ev­ery 3km or 5km and let the pub­lic guess which one is a gen­uine cam­era – a real de­vice can be in­stalled in be­tween,” Rozmi told theSun.

Rozmi, who also spe­cialises in ex­per­i­men­tal psy­chol­ogy said by do­ing so, the road users will be gripped with the per­cep­tion of be­ing caught.

The for­mer pres­i­dent of Malaysian Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion also sug­gested to in­crease women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in road traf­fic en­force­ment agen­cies due to their “straight as an ar­row” stance in en­forc­ing the law.

“No dis­re­spect to the po­lice­men but ladies as en­force­ment of­fi­cers have un­yield­ing rep­u­ta­tion as law en­forcers,” he pointed out.

He said women en­force­ment of­fi­cers have shown that they are al­ways firm and do their job with­out fear and favour.

He said that the male traf­fic cops tend to be more le­nient with of­fend­ers.

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