Video cameras installed at accident-prone traffic interjections have registered 52,000 violations of the rules in the Moscow and its surroundings, region traffic police said.
"Video monitoring has registered 52,000 violations of the traffic rules over the past year. More than $ 6,46,520 fines and penalties have been imposed on the drivers," region traffic police chief Sergei Sergeyev said Wednesday.
He said 40,000 drivers paid the fines of their free will. "The rest were sent to the service of court bailiffs for collecting the fines," he said.
"Not even one road accident was registered in those places after the installation of
the video cameras," the official added.
Russian authorities plan to provide usd 5.4 million for video monitoring on the roads in 2009 to buy equipment and create a single video data processing centre, Sergeyev said earlier.
He said over 800 video cameras had been installed on the roads. "Five cities in the Moscow region - Zhukovsky, Zheleznodorozhny, Krasnogorsk, Dubna, and Mytishchi - are fully covered by video monitoring systems. Similar systems will also be installed in other cities," Sergeyev said.
Our task is not to punish the driver, but to prevent a violation that may have tragic consequences," chief traffic inspector of Russia Viktor Kiryanov said.