(MENAFN - Arab News) The Ministry of Interior is studying locations in various cities and towns in the Kingdom that pose danger to traffic to install Saher monitoring cameras, said Maj. Gen. Abdul Rahman Al-Miqbel, director general of traffic police.
"After finalizing the locations, new cameras will be installed shortly," he told reporters after inspecting the traffic police headquarters in Yanbu. He said the traffic police is determined to install cameras at all major intersections in the Kingdom.
He said more than 7,000 people lose their lives each year in road accidents in Saudi Arabia and another 35,000 are injured with 50 percent of them disabled for life. "This causes great loss to the nation," he said.
Al-Miqbel said the Saher system has helped reduce road fatalities in the Kingdom and authorities are aiming to expand it to more areas.
Meanwhile, authorities have introduced advanced technology in Saher to ensure detection of traffic violation and identification of vehicle registration number and capturing the face of the driver. The new cameras are being installed at selected traffic signals in Dammam, Alkhobar and Hail. Later, such high-tech cameras will be installed in other parts of the Kingdom.
The locating plate recognition (LPR) system sensors are able to detect the actual number of registration plate even if it is tampered with or covered by paint or sticker or any other means to hide the original number. With this feature, the traffic police can effectively nab the offenders.
Besides major cities, the traffic police is installing cameras on highways to detect speed violations.
All parts of Kingdom are expected to be brought under the Saher lens by 2018.