(File pix) Over 10,000 road users were issued summonses by the Road Transport Department (RTD) between Apr 15 and 17, since enforcement of the Automated Awareness Safety System (Awas) and the Demerit Points System (Kejara) commenced on April 15, the Dewan Negara was told today. Pix by Asyraf Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR: Over 10,000 road users were issued summonses by the Road Transport Department (RTD) between Apr 15 and 17, since enforcement of the Automated Awareness Safety System (Awas) and the Demerit Points System (Kejara) commenced on April 15, the Dewan Negara was told today.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said 5,972 of the summonses were for running red lights, while 5,455 were for exceeding the speed limit.

"You can see for yourselves the high number of offences (detected) since we began enforcement on April 15," he said in his reply to a supplementary question from Senator Datuk Hanafi Mamat.

Hanafi had asked about the number of drivers whose licences had been suspended since the introduction of Awas on April 1, and the subsequent enforcement.

Abdul Aziz said to date, no licences have been suspended, and no one has paid their summonses.

In answering another question from Senator S. Bagiam Ayem Perumal, Abdul Aziz said between 2006 and Feb this year, 1,115 licences were suspended, and 246 others were cancelled.

The Awas system was introduced to catch habitual traffic offenders in the act and reduce the nation’s accident rate.

Under the system, offenders would not only get demerit points, but would also have their licences suspended or cancelled.

The RTD will add 23 new offences to the system in stages – and they include using a handphone while driving, failing to stop at police checkpoints, and overloading commercial vehicles.

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