BRAZIL (Reuters) – Brazil will install cameras in its main roads and airports in an effort to stem a surge in traffic that has left more than 50,000 people dead, a police chief said on Thursday.
Police Chief Francisco Pascual said the cameras will monitor traffic and will give them to drivers who are being hit by drivers not obeying traffic laws, but that they would not be used as a way to catch drivers who have been caught speeding.
He said that the goal was to get drivers to obey traffic rules and not speed, and that they were not designed to catch speeders.
He added that they could also be used to give motorists tickets for speeding.
Brazil has seen a record-breaking number of traffic deaths in recent years, with more than 1,000 killed in the first five months of 2017 alone, and more than 5,000 seriously injured.
The latest toll is likely to be the highest since at least 2013, when more than 2,000 died.
On Thursday, President Michel Temer announced he would appoint a commissioner to monitor traffic on the country’s main highways, as well as the ports and airports, in an attempt to control the flow of vehicles and make the country safer.
Temer has been criticized for his slow pace of implementing major government initiatives that have been hailed by the opposition.