CCTVs being used to catch traffic law violators in Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Municipality and other municipalities of 11 districts of this northern province, starting from Sept 1, have used closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to monitor traffic law violators in a bid to reduce road accidents.

On the morning of Sept 1, traffic engineers of the Chiang Mai Municipality conduct a final check of the CCTV control system at the traffic signal control centre as well as all CCTV cameras installed at various spots to ensure they are in a working condition.

Kiatisak Phianpoldeesakul, chief of the Chiang Mai Municipality’s traffic engineering section, said the CCTV cameras in operation are with a high definition of 5 million pixels.  The footage can provide important evidence of crimes and traffic law violations.

Traffic police officers said CCTV cameras are needed because number of road accident in this northern province keeps on rising. Most of the road accidents involve motorcycles and most of motorcyclists do not wear a safety helmet.

Images from CCTV cameras will be used in the issuing fine tickets to be sent to the owners of vehicles that break the traffic law.

The use of CCTV cameras will be further expanded to cover all 25 Chiang Mai districts.