PETALING JAYA: An average of 17,000 summonses have been issued daily since Ops Selamat started last Thursday.
Federal traffic police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff said 87,350 tickets were written in the last five days.
“Among the traffic offences we are focusing on are speeding, misusing the emergency lane, cutting queue, overtaking at double lines and beating the red light.
“Those who flout the law for these offences will be shown no mercy and be subjected to a RM300 compound, the maximum,” he said yesterday.
SAC Mohd Fuad said there were 85 road deaths during this five-day period.
“Motorcyclists make up the majority of the fatalities with 55 deaths, followed by car occupants (18), pedestrians (five), cyclists (three) and others (four deaths).
“On a normal day, motorcyclists make up about 63% of road fatalities, but we expect that to decrease due to enforcement,” said SAC Mohd Fuad, who is still worried that the attitude of motorists remain largely unchanged, given the biggest factor in all fatal accidents was negligence or speeding.
SAC Mohd Fuad added that the highest fatalities came from those aged between 16 and 20 (17) and those aged between 21 and 25 (nine).
“This shows that younger motorists showed less care for their safety as well as that of others,” he said.
At Ipoh, Perak’s Public Utilities, Infrastructure, Energy and Water Committee chairman Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin said many motorists were unaware that speed limits have been temporarily lowered nationwide by 10kph until Feb 28.
“So, instead of 110kph on the North-South Expressway, it is now 100kph.
“This reduction (10kph) also applies to other federal roads and even roads in the city,” he said after launching a road safety campaign at the Ipoh Selatan toll yesterday.
He said 1,000 enforcement personnel from the Road Transport Department and the police would be stationed at strategic locations to monitor traffic.
Zainol Fadzi said PLUS Bhd had also set up blue warning lights along certain stretches of the expressway.
Meanwhile, a team from the Narcotic Crime Investigation Department will be making visits to various bus terminals in Kuala Lumpur to weed out bus drivers who consume illegal drugs, said City deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Law Hong Soon.
“Bus drivers who we suspect are on drugs will not be spared, and those who fail the drug tests will be arrested on the spot,” DCP Law told reporters at the City police headquarters yesterday.
“Bus drivers are responsible for the lives of so many people, and those who take drugs will not be shown any mercy,” said DCP Law, who added the checks cover both express bus and stage coach drivers.
Elsewhere, Malacca police have expressed confidence in maintaining crime at “zero per cent” until the end of the month.
Malacca deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Mohd Shahrizan Che Mat Din said his men could achieve the same result as seen last year, where not a single break-in was reported during the Chinese New Year period.
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