'AI cameras aimed at reducing accident fatalities, not generating government revenue'

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Road Safety Commissioner S Sreejith, IPS, said the notion that the government uses traffic fines as a means of generating revenue is ridiculous.

According to Sreejith, the Motor Vehicle Department collects around Rs 5,300 crore in tax revenue, while the fines collected by all enforcement agencies in 2018, including the police and the motor vehicle department, amounted to only Rs 236 crores.

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Sreejith further explained that 50 percent of fines collected by the Motor Vehicle Department are allocated to the Road Safety Authority under the Road Safety Act. This funds was used for the AI camera project. He emphasised that the notion of traffic fines being a source of revenue for the government is false propaganda and urged the public not to believe it.

Sreejith also highlighted the importance of adhering to traffic rules, particularly with regard to seemingly minor violations such as not wearing a helmet or seatbelt or using a phone while driving. He noted that such offences account for 54 percent of road accident deaths and stressed that reducing this death rate could save around 2,000 lives each year. He added that the loss of a breadwinner in a family due to a road accident can have a significant impact on the family's financial well-being.

Starting Thursday (April 20), newly installed surveillance cameras on the Kerala roads will start functioning. The Motor Vehicles Department has installed 726 state-of-the-art cameras on roads to monitor traffic and automatically detect violations.

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