Tuesday, January 01, 2013

AES = Accident Encouraging System?

Was driving back from KL to Penang today, and noticed a few spots along the PLUS Highway with this shit:


Yes, the f**king AES (Automated Enforcement System)...

Rumors has it that the government intalled these stuff to reduce accident rate on the highway... but... let me give you a run down on what I observed when I neared these spots today...

The first one I spotted was somewhere near Bidor or Tapah, couldn't remember. I was doing 110km/h, the exact speed limit of the highway. From what I see, most of the cars around me are doing the same, because we were not overtaking each other. Suddenly, a car at the next lane gradually abruptly slow down to I guess 60 or 70km/h when the camera can be seen at a distance. A car behind had to brake rapidly at this sudden slow down, and almost crashed into the car in front. I heard some tires screeching noise too. It was actually quite nerve wrecking for me at that moment, I had to be on alert in case there are any cars not able to brake on time and veer into my lane.

The second one I spotted was somewhere near Taiping. I did not miss this because I was going at 15km/h speed. There was a big pile up (aka traffic jam) of about 3 kilometers right before this camera. Actually I did not know it was due to the camera, I thought there was an accident up ahead, because this area is notorious for it due to the continuous uphill and downhill sections. Once we passed the camera however, traffic began to be smooth flowing again and all the cars picked up speed rapidly again.

I guess I would not be surprised if in the near future, accidents occur near these camera spots. Actually, I am not sure if it has already happened. I know if we are driving within the speed limit, we should not need to worry about the camera snapping our car's picture, but there just are quite a number of overcautious idiots on the roads in Malaysia that panic for no good reason and make stupid decisions.

You know, a car that slows down abruptly at high speeds is a bigger threat to road fatalities than a speeding car, especially in Malaysia, where our locally assembled cars has the best (sarcasm) brakes in the world, so to speak. At 110km/h, if something in front of us slows down without notice, it is quite difficult to brake on time, unless we keep a really really safe distance.

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Anyway, here's a tip. If you are driving along the PLUS Highway, there is a way to identify where the AES cameras are located. There are 2 types of ZON OPERASI HAD LAJU road signs that you will see, one is green and one is yellow.

The green ones are just a sign that an ambush might be lying ahead, meaning there might be polices armed with speed cameras hiding under some bridges up ahead. Most of the times these signs are meaningless though, they just serve to confuse you and the police might be hiding nowhere near these signs.

The yellow ones are the ones you need to beware of. There will be 3 or 4 consecutive signs withing a few hundred meters apart, and then you will see the AES camera. If you want to be extra careful, you might want to start slowing down to 100km/h gradually at the first sign, nothing more, and move over to the left lane, then you should be pretty safe.

Last but not least, please drive safe, remember your loved ones =)

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