Makati installs ‘red light cameras’ to catch erring drivers



MANILA, Philippines—In a bid to improve traffic flow and road safety, the Makati City government has started installing “red light cameras” that can capture in video and still photos vehicles whose drivers commit traffic violations, including beating the red light.

Apart from catching motorists who disregard traffic signals, the new technology will also be used to monitor and record real-time incidents and occurrences like public utility vehicles (PUV) whose drivers wait for passengers at loading/unloading bays beyond the authorized time period (a maximum of 15 seconds) or drop off or pick up passengers outside of authorized loading/unloading PUV stops.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay said that the cameras would also be used to go after pedestrians who jaywalk or commit other traffic violations.

Binay and officials from the Australia-based QPAX Traffic Systems earlier entered into an agreement to field test the devices—to be mounted next to a traffic light—for three months at no cost to the city government.

Under the memorandum of agreement, the equipment and system will be tested during the demonstration period and data gathered in controlled areas may be subjected to a feasibility study which will be the basis for a formal proposal QPAX may subsequently offer for the installation of the equipment and technology in the city.

Binay said the installation of red light cameras was in line with the recently approved City Ordinance No. 2011-010 which amended the city’s traffic rules and imposes stiffer fines on violators, especially those caught driving under the influence of liquor or drugs.

Once the camera captures the image of a driver believed to have committed a traffic violation, the footage or photo will be sent to a nerve center which will process these as evidence should a case be filed against the erring driver.

Binay said a traffic violation notice, accompanied by the evidence, would be sent by mail to the registered owner of the errant vehicle. Those caught beating the red light, for example, face a fine of P2,500 and/or suspension of their driver’s license.

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  • ice man

    There’s a problem here.  What if the “erring driver” is not the same as the registered owner of the vehicle he is driving?

    • Anonymous

      Hanapin ng owner yung nag-drive ng sasakyan nya?

    • Ryan Prayer Jabez

       its more of a money matter na naman ulit..  kinda suspicious deal kung baga.. there are other ways to eliminate traffic probs.. than just capturing videos ./… kitid lang tlga utak ang mga nasa poder.. is that the only solution to it? i bet not..  there could be a less expensive solution to it…

    • Anonymous

       Then the registered owner of the vehicle will have to pay the infraction. The owner can then deal with the actual person who was driving at the time…unless it is proven that the vehicle was stolen and was duly reported. The cameras do work effectively.

      • ice man

        The registered owner is then punished for a violation of the law he did not commit, and is left to fend for himself in dealing with the actual perpetrator.  Clearly a violation of one’s right to due process, both of the innocent registered owner and the actual guilty driver.  

  • tow truck

    Los Angeles ditched this since July 31 coz they found out that it is not really effective.  it increases the rear end crash cases.   What Makati should have done is increase the interval between yellow to red.

  • brix

    This is a good move to instill discipline specifically the drivers of public transport. These drivers always violate traffic rules with the excuse of trying to earn a living. I hope this project succeed.  

  • Anonymous

    The sad truth is, even if there are only 10 cars plying the metropolis, chaos will still reign supreme because of that one extremely important factor missing in our society – “DISCIPLINE”  that’s what. So long as the ‘hindi kita pagbibigyan’ attitude is alive and well in all of us, big brother and all the modern monitoring cameras in the world will be no good to the macho Filipino motorist.

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