Monday, August 15, 2011

No Roadblock?

While the fact that there will be no roadblocks on the highway during the holidays seems like a welcomed move, the justification given is laughable:
He said the method was first tried last year on a trial basis and many motorists were shocked and embarrassed when shown the photographs of them breaking the law.
The hassle of having to come to JPJ offices and being interviewed over their offences was a deterrent enough for many of them,” he said when launching JPJ Hari Raya Aidilfitri Ops yesterday.
I like how these people use terms like "many" etc. so freely. I wonder if they ever collect statistics of such things. If they don't, they should. But what is funny is the bolded part. It is definitely true that having to go to the JPJ offices is more than enough to be a deterrent of committing a traffic offence. It is sad, but true. One typically has to spend about 2-3 hours at the JPJ office for an "interview", where they will just show you a picture of your car (yeah, there is no way they can prove where you really are just from the picture), and then they tell you where you committed your offence. The joke is, they would have sent you a letter inviting you in for this "interview" regarding an offence that was committed about 3-4 months ago. We won't even remember if we actually passed by that particular road 3-4 months ago.

I don't know how that proves your guilt, but the fact that you already had to wait 2 hours before the "interview" would make you feel like you should just pay the fine anyway, regardless of whether you truly committed the offence or not. It is just not worth wasting the time over it. But I digress.

The key takeaway from this is that the JPJ is actually PROUD of their inefficiency. They are so proud of it that they actually see it as a deterrent to people committing traffic offences. I don't even know where to begin to explain how wrong this is. But I guess I could begin with:
"Well, I guess they never have to improve their efficiency ever again."