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Egypt's traffic cops to wear body cameras 'soon'

Ahram Online , Friday 26 Aug 2016
Cairo traffic
File photo: A general view of the traffic on a crowded road in Cairo (Reuters)

Egypt's general traffic authority says is planning to make traffic police officers wear body cameras "soon" to document their activities while on duty.

The new move is aimed at "regulating the conduct of traffic officers and maintaining discipline, "Adel Zaky, the head of the interior ministry's General Traffic Department, told Al-Ahram newspaper.

A video camera mounted on an officer's uniform would provide an accurate account of encounters with civilians, Zaky told Al-Ahram in comments published Friday.

The idea has been raised amid recurring incidents of fights between traffic cops and civilians.

"The secret surveillance cameras will...record all conversations taking place in such incidents," said Zaky.

Egypt is notorious for its lax traffic regulations and high death toll from road accidents.

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