Chengde Rd. camera yields over 32,000 tickets last year
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The traffic camera stationed on Section 4 of Chengde Road (承德路4段) led the 134 traffic cameras deployed throughout Taipei with 32,246 tickets issued last year, police said yesterday.
January 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The camera situated at Shinyi Expressway (信義快速道路) near the southbound exit of Xiangshan Tunnel (象山隧道) ranked second highest, with 31,503 tickets issued. The third ranking camera is located at Sheuiyuan Expressway (水源快速道路), near the southbound exit toward Jingmei (景美) with 28,602 tickets issued.
In addition, two patrol cars have been mounted with advanced camera systems to facilitate efforts in traffic enforcement, police said yesterday.
Authorities said that the new equipment is part of an initiative to update traffic camera systems from analog to digital.
The new camera systems are similar to stationary traffic enforcement cameras commonly seen on the roads, but can be installed in the cabins of police cars.
The new digital camera system is equipped with 10-megapixel sensors, magnification for close-ups on license plates, and an imaging speed of 196 frames per second in all weather conditions. In addition, its vehicle-mounted form allows for its deployment regardless of road and terrain limitations, while its ability to catch speeders from the rear nullifies most conventional anti-speed-cam countermeasures.
The new system is also equipped with 320 gigabytes of storage, enough for 200,000 photographs, compared to the 800 frame capacity of the analog film camera system in addition to yielding yearly savings of about NT$1 million in film development costs, said the police.
Over 1.65 million tickets were issued last year for traffic violations, of which 553 were false-positives, representing an error rate of 0.033 percent. The police attributed the errors to the picture resolution limitations of older analog film-based camera systems, and emphasized that the new digital systems will drastically reduce errors and prevent the inconvenience of contesting false-positive tickets.
Police officials stated that the new system upgrade is intended to facilitate the enforcement of traffic safety, not simply the issuance of more tickets, and urged all road users to drive safely.