THE merriment felt by 275 Mat Rempit and their pillion riders was cut short when police rounded them up in the state’s biggest operation in two years.
They were made to push their machines for about 2km from Sunny Point in Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah to a police mess in Jalan Tengku Kudin.
The road hooligans have switched their activity to weekdays, thinking that the police would only conduct their operation over the weekends.
They were also found to have created several Whatsapp chat groups, so that motorcyclists can come out in droves for their activities.
However, police outfoxed them with the seven-hour operation that began at 11pm on Wednesday.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Farid Alathrash Wahid said the police issued them 220 summonses for various traffic offences after screening 223 motorcycles in the operation.
“Among the offences were illegal motorcycle modification, riding without valid licences, motorcycles without registration numbers and expired road tax discs.
“We also seized 67 motorcycles. and conduc-ted urine tests on 75 motorcyclists during the operation,” he said.
“Some of the pillion riders were women,” he said, adding that 61 policemen were involved in the operation.
During the operation, two motorcyclists also suffered injuries after grazing against one another in their haste to escape.
They were then sent to Penang Hospital for treatment.
ACP Mior Faridalathrash advised onlookers and the public not to cheer the motorcyclists when they raced and did dangerous stunts on the roads.
“It will not benefit anyone. In fact, turning the roads into a racing track is endangering the lives of other road users,” he said, adding that more operations would be conducted to keep the situation in check.