Did PDRM just install CCTV cameras at all toll booths to catch you committing traffic offences?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : PDRM Installed CCTV Cameras At All Toll Booths!
People are sharing a WhatsApp voice message of a woman who claims that the PDRM just installed CCTV cameras at all toll booths to catch motorists committing crimes, so they can issue fines.
Sekarang ini dekat setiap tol ada CCTV. Sesiapa yang menggunakan handphone dekat tangan dia ke, atau bercakap telefon, semua sekali polis hantar saman. PDRM ada letak kamera kat setiap tol. So hati-hati bila berlalu kat tempat tol. Tali pinggang keledar kalau pakai pun dia saman. Pakai handphone pun dia saman. So berjaga-jaga kat setiap tol. Sekarang ini memang PDRM cari duit uituk bagi kerajaan.
Here is my English translation of the original message.
There are now CCTV cameras at every toll booth. The police will issue summons to those who are seen using a holding or using a handphone. PDRM has installed cameras at every toll booth. So be careful when you are at the toll. They will issue you a summon if you don’t wear a seatbelt, or if you are using a handphone. So be careful at every toll booth. PDRM right now is looking to collect money for the government.
Truth : PDRM Did Not Install CCTV Cameras At Any Toll Booth!
This is another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Highway Operators Installed Those CCTVs
Highway operators like PLUS install CCTVs at their toll booths to monitor operations, and safety issues. As they explained in 2018 :
Our staff monitor the situation at all the toll booths from the camera recording just in case motorists need assistance at the toll lane.
Fact #2 : PLUS Denied The Claim
PLUS Expressways Berhad – the largest highway concessionaire in Malaysia confirmed in 2018 that PDRM is not using their CCTV cameras to catch traffic offenders :
The CCTVs are not being used to catch traffic offender.
The CCTV recordings may be shared with the PDRM in the cases of accidents, but otherwise, highway operators do not share them with the police.
Fact #3 : There Are CCTVs All Along Highways
CCTV cameras are not just installed at toll booths. They are actually installed at many points along highways in Malaysia.
PLUS, for example, installed 2,000 CCTV cameras along their highways. You can even view some of those CCTV feeds using the PLUS app!
Fact #4 : This Hoax Has Been Circulating Since 2017
This voice message started circulating in August 2017, and has been resurrected several times in the past few years. It was fake in 2017, and it remains fake today, in 2022.
Fact #5 : PDRM Can Catch You At Any Time
Police officers can catch traffic offenders at any time. They do not have to rely on toll booth cameras.
Even though this is a hoax, you should always wear a seatbelt, and you should never use your handphone while driving.
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