Forty new red light cameras were put into operation in Hong Kong on Wednesday, taking the total in the city to 195, as authorities seek to enhance road safety and curb traffic rule violations.
The camera locations were chosen based on police records of red light jumping and accident cases, according to the Transport Department.
Of the 40 new cameras, 24 were set up in Kowloon, including at the intersection of Kwun Tong Road (Southeast bound) and Tsui Ping Road and that of Argyle Street (Westbound) and Tong Mi Road.
Ten cameras were installed in various locations in New Territories, while the remaining six were put up in Hong Kong Island, Apple Daily reported.
Installation of the new 24-hour surveillance cameras was done under the Red Light Camera System Phase 4 Expansion Project worth more than HK$48 million (US$6.18 million) that was approved by the Legco’s finance committee back in 2012.
Explaining why the work was completed one year behind schedule, the Transport Department said the delay was because roads at some of the designated locations were under construction, and that adjustments were needed at some other locations due to limitations related to public facilities.
Each camera is said to have cost more than HK$670,000.
Under Road Traffic Ordinance, motorists will incur five driving-offence points for red-light jumping, in addition to a fixed penalty of HK$600.
Agreeing that adding more red light cameras will help in deterring dangerous driving, a spokesman of professional drivers’ group Frontline Drivers said that 12 of the 40 new locations installed with the cameras had witnessed increased traffic flow.
Drivers passing there will now be forced to become more vigilant to avoid accidents, he said.
To Sun-tong, director of the Motor Transport Workers General Union’s Taxi Drivers Branch, said the government should take care in choosing locations for red light cameras in the future to ensure that busy roads do not suffer more congestion.
Locations of Newly Installed Red Light Cameras
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