Speed cameras will soon be operational
The use of speed cameras to ensure traffic safety will soon have a legal basis. This means that violators of traffic laws will be given prison sentences and fines as the law will allow pictures, footage and data from speed cameras and speed guns to be used as evidence. The legislation will soon be discussed in parliament. It is expected that the legislation will be adopted especially given the fact that the members of the opposition have already given it a two-thumbs up. Six speed cameras have been installed nationwide but they lack the legal basis which is why they still can’t be activated. The new legislation will allow the police and prosecutors to use the data from traffic cameras and speed guns to be used as evidence against traffic criminals. MP Rosellie Cotino (NDP), chairman of the Committee of Rapporteurs that formulated the legislation in association with Justice and Police Minister Jennifer van Dijk-Silos and her experts, pointed out that there have already been 63 road deaths this year and that in most cases exceeding the speed limit was the cause of those fatal traffic accidents. “Sometimes we must make laws to protect the people against their own actions,” said MP Cotino.
MP Krishna Mathoera (VHP), who is also a member of the committee, reportedly asked some fundamental questions aimed at protecting and expanding traffic safety. She also wants to know how much it would cost the state to keep the speed cameras operational. Minister van DijkSilos assured the legislators that she would provide the information at the plenary session.