INDONESIA - The National Police has begun using modern equipment such as tablet computers, speed guns and blood alcohol testers in their effort to reduce the number of road accidents.
The introduction of the equipment is part of the National Police Traffic Corps' (Korlantas) newly launched Integrated Road Safety Management System (IRSMS) programme, a US$3.5 million project being financed with loans from the World Bank.
IRSMS project manager Brig. Gen. Naufal Yahya said on Wednesday that the system would allow police officers to submit details from road accidents from tablet computers.
Korlantas' data centre would then use the data to devise action plans or regulations to prevent road accidents.
"The system provides over 2,000 data combinations to help us identify real problems," Naufal said during the launch of the project at Korlantas' headquarters in South Jakarta.
A data file would include the profile of individuals involved in accidents, the location's coordinates and time of the incidents.
"The system identifies spots where accidents often occur. Then, we will deploy officers to inspect the spots and study the problems," Naufal continued.
Korlantas chief Insp. Gen. Pudji Hartanto said the system could help lower the number of fatalities in road accidents.
"In 2012, road accidents claimed three lives every hour," Pudji said.
The National Police said that 27,441 people were killed on the road last year, making road accidents the third leading cause of death in the country.
The fund only covers system development as well as operations at the Jakarta Police and the Central Java Police. Korlantas, however, would need to provide the funds to implement the system across the country, Naufal said.
Bina Marga directorate general of the Public Works Ministry has been appointed supervisor of the project.
Bina Marga director general Budi Harimawan said that US$2.5 million had been allocated for technical assistance and software, while the rest would be used for device procurement.
The system and devices are being provided by Denmark-based Consia Consultants.