Today, the media was invited to City Hall where we got a firsthand look at the innovative technology used to maintain traffic in the city. Being behind the controls, we saw the live view from the cameras on the stoplights at the corner of the Central American Boulevard and Neal Penn Road. Mayor Bernard Wagner gave us more details about how this new traffic system works.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “It’s all a part of our plan as a council to be as accountable and transparent as possible and be efficient and to ensure the safety of our residents. The lights at the Penn Road area clearly has a component there camera installed to ensure that those that violate the traffic rules in that area will be held accountable, it has the component actually to really take the picture of the license plate but that is not really installed because it comes with a cost and we do have a plans to ensure that that component is put in that area and all future lights. The other area that we looked at was our fleet of vehicles, we ensured that we have tracking devices on our fleet of vehicles to know where they are at any given time of the day. They can’t be operating outside of those designated areas that they have been assigned. So once they get out of those area the device would give a signal here at City Hall, it will produce a report, at the end of the week those reports are compiled and forwarded to the City Administrator for redress. On the other cameras you hear essentially captures the entire compound of the new city hall, 52 cameras, ensuring the safety of our staff is at the forefront of is as well as to ensure that our staff continue to provide the services to the people of our beloved city.”