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Look out drivers, we can see you now!

Traffic cameras in Shanghai are being replaced with the latest high-definition models, police said yesterday.

They can not only capture a clear image of a car plate number but also the driver's image. Cameras in current use have relatively poor image quality and need good weather to produce readily identifiable images.

Shanghai first introduced traffic cameras in 1996 when they still used film. They proved a success. By the early 2000s, traffic violation cases on some roads and intersections had dropped by up to 80 percent.

Police began publishing an online map of all the cameras in city from 2009. Shanghai now has 1,795 roads and intersections equipped with cameras.

Police said two-thirds of these are to be replaced with the latest models.

In the Pudong New Area, which has more than 200 cameras, some of the work had already been done inside the Inner Ring Road prior to the opening of the World Expo.


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