Lhasa to Introduce Intelligent Traffic Control System in 2010


"Electronic eyes" will automatically record traffic offenses, such as speeding, running through the red light,

overload and hit-and-run driving, photo from Xinhua.

Lhasa plans to spend 30 million yuan (4.39 million U.S. dollars) introducing an intelligent traffic control system later this year, according to the Traffic Control Bureau of the Lhasa City Public Security Department.

The system will involve the establishment of an intelligent traffic guidance center and installment of 150 red light cameras in urban areas and along trunk routes in all counties.

This system is set for completion before June, said Yu Xuwen, deputy director of the department.

"It took me 25 minutes by car from the western suburbs to the eastern. I braked six times in a section of less than 50 m," Yan Yue, complained, saying, "The city's heavy traffic is attributed mainly to the ever-increasing number of motor vehicles."

A sign reading "To follow traffic laws is considered a virtue" can be seen in a street of Lhasa City, photo from CTIC.

By the end of 2009, Lhasa had register 94,200 motor vehicles, 70 percent being private cars. With nearly 200,000 motor vehicles, Tibet now ranks third in China in terms of per-capita motor vehicle ownership. About 220,000 people have driving licenses in the region.

"Some crossings have a lighter traffic flow but longer red-light time, but in rush hours vehicles at other crossings cannot move out at a time before the next red light," the office worker said.

Having drawn on good experience from inland cities like Beijing and Nanjing, Lhasa will use such a system to adjust the time length of the traffic lights according to the traffic flow.

The system will also help ease the workload of traffic police officers, because "electronic eyes" will automatically capture traffic offenses, such as speeding, running through the red light, overload and hit-and-run driving.

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