Speed ca­me­ras will soon be ope­ra­ti­o­nal

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

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.

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