Are you traveling this Chinese New Year? If you’re on the highway, chances are you’ve encountered congestion on the roads and the occasional emergency lane abuser. These motorists are undeterred by everyone’s dash cams and cell phone cameras, brazenly cutting through the line like they’re the only ones in a hurry.
So it’s great news that the police now have eyes in the sky to weed out these selfish motorists. Those eyes are drones, and they’ve been deployed on the North South Freeway to catch emergency lane users in the act.
DJI Matrice 300 RTK drones can capture license plates from up to 1,500 feet (457 meters), so there’s no escape if you’re caught in the act. The police will be waiting for you up front with immediate notice at the scene. saman.
Apart from highway patrol, PDRM is also using drones to monitor congested urban areas, sending “Jam Squads” to solve any problems they see from above; see how they are doing it in Melaka in the video above.
“The drones we use are to ensure smooth traffic flow in this area and other critical points. Among the infractions that we have identified is the use of the emergency lane, which we have made public. The use of drones reminds motorists that ‘they are being watched,’” said Mohd Radi Abd Rahman, deputy director of general police, investigations and resources at JSPT Bukit Aman.
The empty lane may seem tempting, but don’t do it. Cameras are everywhere these days, including some in the sky. Drive carefully and be patient when you are stuck in a traffic jam. Take a break when you feel sleepy behind the wheel.