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Attention! Live Footage in the Streets of Beirut

Have you ever tried to get away with something while you were in your car thinking that no one will be spying on you? Well, let us tell you that you are mistaken since Lebanon actually cares about road safety! On Thursday, Dec. 18, the Road Safety Committee went to Beirut to meet Captain Michel Moutran, the chief of the Traffic Control Center, with whom we first met on Twitter. Since we barely had an idea on what we might encounter, all our classmates were amazed as we entered that control room, where we recognized rows of computers with viewing cameras. At the far end of the room stand surveillance TV sets, all previewing live footage of what’s happening in the streets of Beirut. We observed an officer working on one of the PCs and witnessed him maintaining multiple traffic lights according to the amount of traffic occurring on a specific street. All this footage is stored and kept highly confidential, in case needed as evidence of an accident of some sort. Therefore, if you ever get in an accident that you try to escape from, you will eventually have to deal with the consequences since you will be caught on tape! We also discussed road safety issues in our community with the captain and came up with plans that can be easily implemented in the near future. We must say we were all astounded at the effort the Lebanese government has put to ensure road safety through the use of electronic surveillance system!

Written by Samer Wehbi and Nazek Naja- Grade 11 C

Revised by Mrs. Huda Kaeen_ English Language Teacher